M. Valerius Martialis: Epigrammata III.44 recites

Occurrit tibi nemo quod libenter,
quod, quacumque venis, fuga est et ingens
circa te, Ligurine, solitudo,
quid sit, scire cupis?

What is the meaning of "quod" in this context?

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It means "that." The basic structure of the sentence is:

Scire cupis quid sit quod nemo tibi libenter occurrit?
You want to know why it is that nobody meets with you gladly?

In the phrase est, quod the quod does not translate to a specific English word; it depends on how you render the whole thing in English, e.g. hoc est, quod ad vos venio, "that is why I come to you" etc.

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    What is the role of pres. subj., "sit" in "quid sit"? I thought it was--you want to know what may be ("scire cupis quid sit") that ("quod") nobody meets with you willingly?
    – tony
    Commented Oct 28, 2020 at 13:52
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    @tony Ugh, I overlooked that. My analysis is wrong a it stands. Commented Oct 28, 2020 at 14:06
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    I've updated the answer. Commented Oct 28, 2020 at 19:07

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