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linquendus erat, ‘deserved to be forsaken.’ But the two expressions are not co-extensive. While the English, by a slight difference in intonation, might mean “he was forsaken and deserved to be so,” the Latin, in accordance with the idiom noticed on 17, might be rendered “he would have deserved to be forsaken (if occasion had arisen).” Cf. Fasti V. 408, “sic flendus Peleus, si moreretur, erat”.
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