transactions [Tacitus]

Discussion in 'Lingua Latina (Latin)' started by machadinho, May 5, 2014.

  1. machadinho

    machadinho Senior Member

    Ancient Brazilian Portuguese
    I have never read Tacitus, but as far as I could ascertain, he never uses transactĭo. However, this critic says that Tacitus relates a "series of transactions":
    According to the OED, "transactions" in Roman and Civil Law means:
    Which is confirmed by the OLD:
    And Gaffiot adds the following:
    Given that Tacitus doesn't employ transactĭo, what kind of activity or historical event is this critic more likely to have in mind?
     
    Last edited: May 5, 2014
  2. CapnPrep Senior Member

    France
    AmE
    Right; L&S say that transactio is post-classical. Of course we are missing most of what Tacitus wrote, and he did use the verb transigo in various senses, so I imagine transactio was part of his vocabulary. That said, I don't believe that Addison is referring to any Latin word; he is just using the English word "transaction", and not as a term of Roman law, but in its more ordinary sense:
     
  3. machadinho

    machadinho Senior Member

    Ancient Brazilian Portuguese
    Yes, you're right: he's not using it as a term of Roman law and he doesn't seem to be referring to a Latin word. The ordinary sense of transaction, however, sounds a little bit misplaced in the quotation above. Thanks.
     

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