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groucho

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Beigetreten: 17/08/2014 18:05:23
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I am trying to understand what the word "Diess" means in this sentence (I'm puzzled it's spellt with capital D, indicating substantive?):
"Es geschah Diess im vietren Jahrhundert Roms."
(footnote http://books.google.se/books?id=O7I4AQAAMAAJ&dq=Appian%20von%20Alexandria%20Römische%20Geschichten.&hl=sv&pg=PA886#v=onepage&q&f=false)
pinocchio

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Beigetreten: 16/09/2014 17:06:28
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"Dies" means "This".
It is an old German text, you read. That's the reason why it was spelled with a capital D. You can compare it with the kind of Shakespeares language.
So the correct translation would be: this.

This happened in the fourth century of Rome(s existance).
groucho

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Thanks a lot for Diess
I couldn't find it on the internet or in an old voluminous (in fact 2 vols!) dictionary from early 1900 I have as reference. It was not only the capital D that bothered me but also the ending "ss". Nor could a native german intellectual help out.
 
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