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This kind of metonymy is very common in Latin. For a simple example, vir mortuus is literally "a dead man" but can also mean "the death of a man". This is somewhat similar to how summus mons can be "the highest mountain" and "the peak (= the highest part of a mountain)". The point is that reading very literally can ...


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According to Vester (1991; see the full reference below), the gerund can take an object in the following contexts: genitive: ars scribendi (epistulam) ablative: scribendo (epistulam) tempus tero nominative: mihi (epistulam) scribendum est According to Vester, "it is evident that scribendum is a gerund in mihi epistulam scribendum est, but for some ...


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