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I've read the following etymologies -ī> Directly from the first person perfective ending *-h₂e of PIE. (from Origins of the Greek Verb by Andreas Willi, Pg 8). He states the PIE *-h₂e became -ai in Old Latin, subsequently evolving into -ī. -isti> Probably from PIE *-s-th₂e . The /s/ aorist marker was attached to the stem, followed by Stative *-th₂e, ...


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It is found in book 20, chapter XIII: Baculus a Bacco repertore vitis fertur inventus, quo homines moti vino inniterentur. Sicut autem a Bacco baculus, ita a baculo bacillum per diminutionem. It is claimed that the staff was invented by Baccus, the inventor of wine, so that people affected by wine might lean on it. As "baculus" from "Baccus,&...


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