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postĕā (in some edd. also separately, post ĕa ), adv. post- and acc. plur. ea, orig. eā, Corss. Ausspr. 1, 769.
I. After this or that, hereafter, thereafter, afterwards: “P. Considius, qui in exercitu P. Sullae, et postea in M. Crassi fuerat,Caes. B. G. 1, 21; Cic. N. D. 2, 35, 90; id. Brut. 3, 12: “postea, cum mihi nihil scriberetur, verebar ne, etc.,id. Fam. 2, 19, 1: “postea vero quam equitatus in conspectum venit,Caes. B. G. 4, 37; Cato, R. R. 156. —With abl. of difference of time (class.): “postea aliquanto,a little while after, Cic. Inv. 2, 51, 154: “paucis postea mensibus,id. Clu. 47, 130: “brevi postea mortuus est,Cic. Verr. 2, 5, 54, § 142: “non multo postea,not long after, id. Cat. 1, 6, 15: “paulo postea,Amm. 26, 10, 5: “multo postea,id. 28, 4, 3.— So with adv. of time (post-class.): “non diu postea,Amm. 14, 11, 24: “haud longe postea,id. 14, 7, 17: “longe autem postea,id. 17, 4, 5.—With deinde, inde, or deinceps, then, after that, afterwards: “legati deinde postea missi ab rege,Liv. 41, 24: “inde postea,id. 44, 24: “postea deinceps,id. 45, 14.—postea quam (also as one word, posteaquam), after that (very freq. in Cic.): “postea quam ego in Siciliam veni,Cic. Verr. 2, 2, 56, § 138: “posteaquam honoribus inservire coepi,id. Off. 2, 1, 4; 3, 2, 8: “postea quam nuntii venerint,Caes. B. G. 6, 10; 7, 82; 5, 32: “posteaquam Agesilaum misere,Just. 6, 2, 7.—Rarely with pluperf.: “postea quam tantam multitudinem conlegerat emblematum,Cic. Verr. 2, 4, 24, § 54 (cf. Zumpt, § “507 b).—So, too, postea vero quam,Caes. B. G. 4, 37; Cic. Fam. 3, 7, 5; Sall. J. 29, 3; Nep. Dion, 4, 3 al.; cf.: “postea autem quam ei nuntiatum est,Cic. Clu. 67, 192: “postea (or post ea) loci for postea: post ea loci consul pervenit in oppidum,Sall. J. 102, 1.—
II. Transf.
A. Afterwards, for then, besides (ante-class.), Plaut. Merc. 2, 3, 35; id. Most. 1, 3, 131 (dub.).—
B. Then, in consequence of this: “nonne haec justa tibi videntur postea?Ter. Ad. 4, 5, 26.— “Hence, quid postea?what next? what further? what then? Ter. Eun. 4, 7, 23: “quid postea, si Romae assiduus fui?Cic. Rosc. Am. 33, 94: “at enim nemo post reges exactos de plebe consul fuit: quid postea?Liv. 4, 4.
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