Latin, Episode 8

Join Dr. Fleming on another episode of “Dialogues with a Young Latin Teacher” featuring Eleanor Lacy. This lesson begins with the fifth declension and the use and formation of the imperfect indicative.

Program Notes:

A.  Clarifying Texts


Cum essem parvulus, loquebar ut parvulus, cogitabam ut parvulus. Quando autem factus sum vir, evacuavi quæ erant parvuli.

Videmus nunc per speculum in ænigmate: tunc autem facie ad faciem. Nunc cognosco ex parte: tunc autem cognoscam sicut et cognitus sum.

Nunc autem manent fides, spes, caritas, tria hæc: major autem horum est caritas.

B  Pedagogy :  Questions from Eleanor

C  Nouns   Fifth Declension

Defined as nouns with stem in long-e, thus genitive in -ei.  Feminine gender except for dies (and meridies).  Unusual among IE languages and few parallels, perhaps  Lith.  Seems to have been formed partly like -a declension but from nouns with stems in -ya and some as verbals, e.g. spes,

Dies dies

diei dierum

diei diebus

diem dies

die diebus

Notes:  Endings are, except for genitive sg, similar to third declension, but long e and genitive ending in -i also reminiscent of first declension.  puellae = puellai.  In fact some nouns are declined in both, e.g. materia/materies.  Also contaminated by third:  Fames, famis, fami, famem, fame.

Plurals rare to nonexistent except for dies.

Original Air Date: April 13, 2017
Show Run Time: 40 minutes
Show Guest(s): Eleanor Lacy
Show Host(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming


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1 Response

  1. Ben says:

    Good stuff, thank you.

    With sadly not enough time, it’s a real trip and treat to listen to ALL of the podcasts at nearly 2x speed – if that’s like not chewing your food slowly, no offense intended… 🙁 🙂