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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2006 3:25 am 
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This word: ostuarii

What does it mean.

I found it in this site:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clann-an-oistir

Does it mean "door keeper"?


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2006 8:21 am 
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The word ostium in Latin means door. The word ostiarius or hostiarius means doorkeeper.


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...I've noticed a lot of latin tribe names end in ii so when they add the ii at the end does this mean in this case the "the people of the door" or something like that?

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No, it's plural.


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cheers, so its basically in English "the clan of the door".

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I don't know Latin but isn't it the word ostiarius that are in plural?

which would mean the clan of the doorkeepers?

btw I have found this site helpful: http://www.cherryh.com/www/latin_language.htm


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2006 11:15 am 
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No. The -i ending is second declension, plural. The -us ending is singular.


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What is "dominus fecit?"

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caleb wrote:
No. The -i ending is second declension, plural. The -us ending is singular.


I meant that the word ostuarii is plural for ostiarius and not ostium.

Hence: The clan of the doorkeepers instead of the clan of doors


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