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Terence and the Verb ‘To Be’ in Latin

Giuseppe Pezzini


The book is an in-depth study of the verb ‘to be’ in Latin and some of its hidden properties, with a particular focus on the contracted forms -st (< est) -'s < (-es). After an introduction on methodology, the book collects evidence for contracted forms from a large variety of sources and analyses their transmission in the Latin manuscripts. Although they are neglected by scholars and puzzling to students, contracted forms are widespread and significant; they are not misspellings, abbreviations, or representations of a sandhi phenomenon related to elision (‘prodelision’), but are clitic forms o ... More

Keywords: prodelision, esse, contractions, sigmatic ecthlipsis, Terence, cliticisation, semantics, syntax, word order, metre

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198736240
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198736240.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Giuseppe Pezzini, author
Fellow by Examination, Magdalen College, University of Oxford