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Ritchie's Fabulae Faciles: Perseus 3

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3. PERSEUS IS SENT ON HIS TRAVELS

Perseus igitur multôs annôs ibi habitâbat, et cum mâtre suâ vîtam beâtam agêbat. At Polydectês Danaên mâgnopere amâbat, atque eam in mâtrimônium dûcere volêbat. Hôc tamen cônsilium Perseô minimê grâtum erat. Polydectês igitur Perseum dîmittere cônstituit. Tum iuvenem ad sê vocâvit et haec dîxit: "Turpe est hanc îgnâvam vîtam agere; iam dûdum tû adulêscêns es. Quô ûsque hîc manêbis? Tempus est arma capere et virtûtem praestâre. Hinc abî, et caput Medûsae mihi refer."

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3. Perseus igitur
multôs annôs
ibi habitâbat,
et cum mâtre suâ
vîtam beâtam agêbat.
igitur: postpositive
At Polydectês
Danaên mâgnopere amâbat,
atque eam
in mâtrimônium dûcere
volêbat.

Danaen: Greek ending, feminine accusative singular

ducere: complementary infinitive with volebat

Hôc tamen cônsilium
Perseô
minimê grâtum erat.
tamen: postpositive, which splits the phrase hoc consilium
Polydectês igitur
Perseum dîmittere
cônstituit.

igitur: postpositive

dimittere: complementary infinitive with constituit

Tum iuvenem
ad sê vocâvit
et haec dîxit:
 
"Turpe est
hanc îgnâvam vîtam agere;
agere: infinitive as noun
iam dûdum

adulêscêns es.
tu: emphatic use of the nominative pronoun, since the verb (es) already makes it clear that the subject is second person singular
Quô ûsque
hîc manêbis?
hic: adverbial ("here," "in this place")
Tempus est
arma capere
et virtûtem praestâre.
capere, praestare : infinitives as noun
Hinc abî,
et caput Medûsae
mihi refer."
 

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