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2014-08-31 First Periphrastic Construction:

You are correct.  A participle, as a verbal adjective, does agree with the noun or pronoun that it modifies.  In this instance, "sumpturi" is nominative masculine plural, modifying the implied nominative

2014-08-30 First Periphrastic Construction:

It is used here in what is known as the First (or Active) Periphrastic Construction, which is made up of a form of the verb "esse" and the future active participle.  Here, "sumpturi" is the future active

2014-08-27 grammar:

Dear Robert,    1.In  “….Quae primum bene parta sit nullo neque turpi quaestu neque odioso,…” (Cicero, De Officiis, I, 92)the double negative “nullo” and “neque … neque…” depends on the fact that “neque…neque”

2014-08-25 grammar:

Dear Robert,    In "…Miserrima...est ambitio honorumque contentio,de qua praeclare apud eundem est Platonem..” (Cicero, De Officiis,I,87) you are correct in thinking that “ambitio honorumque contentio”

2014-08-24 Ceriolum:

You didn't indicate the Greek word to which the Latin word was associated, but "ceriolum" is used in Late Latin for a small wax taper.  The derivation is from the Classical Latin "cereus," meaning a wax

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