Here is my sentence: I'm trying to say that "The gods seemed to favor Romulus because he saw 12 vultures, twice the number of birds that Remus saw."

Dii Romulō favere visi sunt quia ille duodecim vultures vidit, duplicem numerum avium quem Remus viderat.

I'm not sure about the "quem" here and if that part of the sentence makes sense. Thanks!


Remus didn't see the "number", but the "birds", so the antecedent of the relative pronoun is avium. The form should therefore be quas (acc. pl. f.).

(BTW the irregular nom. pl. of deus is more commonly spelled di, though dii apparently occurs too.)

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  • Bis quot viderat Remus? – Figulus Aug 8 at 17:29
  • @Figulus Interesting idea! I don't know if I've seen a construction like bis quot, but it may well be idiomatic Latin. – TKR Aug 8 at 17:56

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