Thesis Title

The Syntax of the Nominal Forms of the Verb in Livy Book XXXIX

Graduation Date

Spring 1944

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form

Print

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Degree Granting Institution

Catholic University of America

Program Name

Humanities

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to determine the manner in which Livy employed the nominal forms of the verb: the infinitive, gerund, gerundive, supine, and participle in Book XXXIX of his History. The author has approached the study from the historical standpoint and has endeavored to show to what extent Livy followed classical standards and in what instances he digressed from them or extended their use. As a basis for study and comparison, the examples of the nominal forms of the verb are preceded by historical accounts of their employment by Livy's contempor­aries as well as by earlier and later Latin writers. Stolz-Schmalz, Lateinische Grammatik. 5th ed., revised by Leumann Hofmann, Munich 1928, has been used as the Basis of these accounts. The lists of examples cited in this study are not ex­haustive but are sufficient for the purpose of this work. Quotations have been cited in full for all usages except the very common classical types; for the most Part only references have been given for the perfect passive participle in the ablative absolute construction. No citations whatever have been made of construc­tions of such frequent occurrence as the circumstantial participle. The summary at the end of each chapter states the frequency of Livy's use of the particular form discussed and, whenever such information is available, gives its first occurrence in earlier writers. A brief recapitulation of the entire study concludes the monograph.

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