Moreland has this line:
Cognoscebamus quo tempore dux mortem illis patriam neglegentibus minatus esset
This is an indirect question, hence the sequence of tenses: main verb takes Imperfect; secondary verb takes pluperfect.
Minatus esset is obviously Pluperfect Passive Subjunctive yet the translation I found at utoronoto's website was:
We learned when the leader had threatened death to those neglecting the fatherland.
But why is the passive minatus esset being translated as active? I tried taking the illis neglegentibus as Ablative of Cause instead of Dative and translated it (wrongly, because dux is nominative) as:
We learned at what time leader death by those neglecting the fatherland had been threatened.
Could anyone please help?