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French sentence?

 
 
Reply Fri 29 Oct, 2004 09:10 am
What does "Hoc fit primum in preceptis meis ut demonstremus quem imitemur" mean?
French?

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The truth is, he whose feebleness is such as to make other men's thoughts an incumbrance to him can have no very great strength of mind or genius of his own to be destroyed, so that not much harm will be done at worst.
We may oppose to Pliny the greater authority of Cicero, who is continually enforcing the necessity of this method of study. In his dialogue on Oratory he makes Crassus say, that one of the first and most important precepts is to choose a proper model for our imitation. Hoc fit primum in preceptis meis ut demonstremus quem imitemur.
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Joe Nation
 
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Reply Fri 29 Oct, 2004 05:03 pm
Hi O,

In his dialogue on Oratory he makes Crassus say, that one of the first and most important precepts is to choose a proper model for our imitation. Hoc fit primum in preceptis meis ut demonstremus quem imitemur.

It's Latin and the translation is in the words that precede it.

Hoc fit primum in preceptis meis ut demonstremus quem imitemur.
One of the first and most important precepts is to choose a proper model for our imitation.

Many times when adding a phrase in a foreign language the writer will place the translation either right before or right after the phrase, unless the phrase is a very commoningly used one, certainly not the case here.


Joe
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oristarA
 
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Reply Fri 29 Oct, 2004 07:51 pm
Cool, JN! Very Happy
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