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CHAPTER 20 NOSTER NOVUS HERCULĒS translation (p.246) One night Aelius abd Licinia sit and say many things about the words of the astrologer. Licinia says, “Is it true? Will the boy be our hero just like Perseus? But what great deed will this boy be able to do? Ah, Aelius, I am most frightened. And you? What happen(s)(ed)? Is it necessary for our son to attack the most difficult monster?” Aelius gently laughs and soothes his wife. “Don’t fear, Licinia” he says, “The astrologer does not always say true. Our son, Perseus, will not be new to us, but new Hercules will be a great hero! No danger will harm us! I will go to all the lands/the world and will kill the greatest monster just as Hercules himself kills but I will have both danger and wounds. The God himself will keep you and our children safe. Behold! I heard the most famous story about Hercules: 1
CHAPTER 20 There is a 3 rd degree adjective, called the superlative . It is formed by using the word “most” or by adding “-est” to the adjective, but there are irregular forms as well. Superlatives can also be translated as “very.” Most Latin adjectives form superlatives by adding -issimus, -a, -um to the stem. This works for both 2-1-2 and 3 rd declension adjectives: Adjective Stem Ending Example Laetus, -a, -um Laet- -issimus, -a, -um Laetissimus, -a, -um Fortis, -e Fort- -issimus, -a, -um Fortissimus, -a, -um Exceptions : Any adjective with a masculine nominative singular ending in -er forms a superlative by adding -rimus, -a, -um not to the stem but directly to the masculine nominative singular form .

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