I'm trying to create a title in latin:

On the Nature of Renewal

where Renewal could be exchanged with Rebirth or Regeneration, and Nature is maybe better as Subject. With this structure, I figured I could follow the structure of Lucretius' text, de Rerum Natura. Unfortunately, it seems that forming adjectives from nouns is more complicated than I'd hoped. Nouns I'm looking at using: renovamen, regeneratio.

I'd like to think, based on my crash-course understanding that I should be able to use:

de Regenerationis Natura or de Renovaminis Natura

If I'm correct, why does Natura come second in these titles?


First off, de takes the ablative, so you should remember to use macrons (long marks) over that ending "A". Now, usually the possessive genitive comes after the noun it possesses, and I do not recall seeing the prepositional phrase split like that, so I would say that that ought to be

de Natura Renovaminis

(remembering to add proper macrons). Someone, please correct me if I am wrong.

  • Welcome to the site! If you want to use macrons, see this meta page. Two remarks on the answer: (1) The possessive genitive does indeed often come after, but it can also come before. There's no hard rule. There might be a change in nuance, and that'd be worth exploring in a separate question. (2) The -a in first declension ablative is indeed long, but in typical written Latin outside textbooks length is not marked. It's not wrong to mark them, but a number of people make the stylistic choice not to. In some cases it is necessary for clarity.
    – Joonas Ilmavirta
    May 2 '19 at 4:15

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