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The Use Of Quia And Quoniam In Cicero, Seneca, And Tertullian

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In Early and Classical Latin there was a clear semantic distinction between the causal subordinators quoniam 'since' on the one hand and quia and quod 'because' on the other. In the first place, quoniam is the most frequent causal subordinator in Columella, as it is in the rhetorical manuals Rhetorica ad Herennium and Cicero's De Inventione. On the other hand quoniam is remarkably infrequent in my samples of Seneca and Tertullian. The attentive reader will have noticed that for Cicero and Seneca the numbers given for illocutionary and attitudinal instances of quoniam add up to the ca. twenty five instances that have been selected for analysis.

Keywords: Cicero; quia; quoniam; Seneca; Tertullian



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