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antĕā ,
I.temp. adv. (old form * antidĕā or anteidĕā , MS., Liv. 22, 10, 6; v. Neue, Formenl. II. p. 680) [ante-eā like antehāc, posteā, posthāc, proptereā, quāpropter, etc., in which Corssen, Ausspr. I. p. 769, regards the pron. as an old acc. with the a final long; Key, Gr. § 802, regards these suffixes as corrupted from the acc. of pronouns in -am; cf. quam], of some (past or pres.) time, before, formerly, earlier, aforetime, in time past, etc. (relative; while antehac demonstr. is used only in ref. to present time. The use of antea for prius is censured by Atticus in Cic. Att. 15, 13).
III. Rarely for ante followed by deinde, mox, etc.: clipeis antea Romani usi sunt, deinde scuta pro clipeis fecere, formerly, at an earlier period ... then, in process of time, etc., Liv. 8, 8: “Poneropolis antea, mox Philippopolis, nunc Trimontium dicta,Plin. 4, 11, 18, § 41.—
IV. Rarely also for ante, followed by quam: “te antea, quam tibi successum esset, decessurum fuisse,Cic. Fam. 3, 6, 2 B. and K.: “Achaei non antea ausi capessere bellum, quam ab Romā revertissent legati,Liv. 35, 25, 3 Weissenb.
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