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Tantus in the Deictic sense of ‘ever so much,’ e.g. Curc. 286nec demarchus nec comarchus nec cum tanta gloria”, has already been mentioned (22). Another of its usages may be seen in lines like

Tantumst ‘enough!,’ e.g. Trin. 22, the Dramatists' equivalent of Cicero's sed haec hactenus, reveals its origin in lines like

With tanto melior ‘so much the better,’ e.g. Bacch. 211, and similar phrases the Substantive Verb is normally omitted (see V. 8). Tanta (instead of tanto) figures in a curious usage of Old Latin, which has not yet been satisfactorily explained (see Havet and Leo in Archiv lat. Lexikographie 11, 579 and 12, 100): Whether the later use of tanti for tot is anticipated in Amph. 1057 is doubtful: “ita tanta mira in aedibus sunt facta. vae miserae mihi!

On hic tantus, see above, 21

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