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Subject:Why this ut?
Time:03:12 pm
From the Apocolocyntosis of (pseudo-)Seneca:

"Nimis rustice" inquies: "cum omnes poetae, non contenti ortus et occasus describere, ut etiam medium diem inquietent, tu sic transibis horam tam bonam?"

(Loeb translation: "Clumsy creature!" you say. "The poets are not content to describe sunrise and sunset, and now they even disturb the midday siesta. Will you thus neglect so good an hour?")

What is that ut doing there? Inquietent is the main verb of the cum-clause, so isn't the ut extraneous? Is ut etiam some kind of idiom? Or am I misparsing this sentence?
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svetlanacat4
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Time:2013-07-15 10:37 am (UTC)
There is another version of the text:
'Nimis rustice! Adquiescunt omnes poetae, non contenti ortus et occasus describere, ut etiam medium diem inquietent: tu sic transibis horam tam bonam?'
Clumsy creature! All the poets, non content with describing sunrises and sunsets, agree to disturb even the middle of the day; and you, you'll miss out on such a favorable hour?

http://bcs.fltr.ucl.ac.be/apo/apoco1.html
This is the link to the text (sorry, the translation is in French)

Edited at 2013-07-15 10:50 am (UTC)
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goliard
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Time:2013-07-15 04:59 pm (UTC)
That makes a lot more sense, thanks! I wonder if "adquiescunt" is any of the manuscripts, or is someone's emendation.
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goliard
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Time:2013-07-15 05:31 pm (UTC)
Interesting. So as far as I can tell from the notes, "cum" is an emendation by someone named Scioppius for the "acquiescunt" of the sources -- a very strange one, given that it spoils the syntax.
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ioanna_ioannina
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Time:2013-07-15 05:42 pm (UTC)
Wow!?! 8-) :-))
Maybe he thought it was more Seneca like this, given that Seneca likes to break sentences somewhere in the middle.
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