Thursday, July 14, 2011

Don Paco Needs Your Research: Latin Indirect Discourse


Dear latinists and Latin lovers,

(Not that kind of "latin lovers"...), I need your help. Can you think of a good, paragraph-long text from any ecclesiastical Latin source that uses indirect discourse many times, using especially the accusative + infinitive construction, and preferably with different tenses of the infinitive, and with both voices (active and passive)? Please post suggestions in the comments section below.

Thanks in advance.

In Christo Rege,



Patricius said...

Knowing what purpose you have in mind might help.

Don Paco said...

I'm editing/co-authoring a beginner's level ecclesiastical Latin book, (tentatitvely) titled "Introibo ad Altare Dei," forthcoming from TAN Books. I need to come up with an end-of-chapter reading passage for chapter 42, which is on infinitive tenses and indirect discourse. I normally give a paragraph-long passage, and adapt it to the reader's knowledge at each stage of the book.

Mark said...

Maybe try the second volume of the Hans Ørberg's "Lingua Latina" series. Whilst the first volume is text made up by him, the second is largely verbatim from classical sources...

You might even want to try the first volume alone, as it introduces all of these things.

Charles Robertson said...

I bet Turtullian or Augustine would have some doozies.

Charles Robertson said...

Came across this today:

16. 39. Sunt etiam qui propterea vel non orant, vel frigide orant, quoniam Domino dicente didicerunt, scire Deum quid nobis necessarium sit, priusquam petamus ab eo.

Augustine, de dono perseverantiae