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33046Re: [S-R] Latin help please: Militis Patentalis and Patentalis Militis?

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  • CurtB
    May 27, 2012
      I am not sure why you find this expression difficult. It is very plain vanilla Latin. Pretty consistent through hundreds of years of usage and the expression comes over into many modern languages, especially legal terminology, and even in ordinary language as in the English word "patently" meaning "obviously". Every student in Latin composition has to learn to use this one both in the adjectival form and as descriptive genitive.

      Miles - Militis; soldier

      Patens - Patentis, patentalis = participle from patere - open or public

      Words here are used together in the descriptive genitive form.

      Patens simply means "public" as in "letters patent" a right or privelege granted by official letters or public documents. So a person described as 'Militis patentis' holds a military appointment or position.

      Patens or patentis is often used of any documentary or legal order for whatever purpose. The American use of patent, as in U.S. patent office comes from this legal usage. See any Latin legal dictionary or latin grammar for the descriptive genetive.

      Curt B.

      --- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, david1law@... wrote:
      > Dear Peter:
      > I have come across the words "PATENTALIS" in my own genealogical research.
      > "LITTERAS PATENTALES" (a plural form) refers to "LETTERS PATENT." The
      > ending "-ALIS" appears as both a nominative and a genitive in the third
      > declension singular
      > _http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/-alis_ (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/-alis)
      > _http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Appendix:Latin_third_declension_
      > (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Appendix:Latin_third_declension)
      > "MILITIS' means "KNIGHT" "WARRIOR" or "SOLDIER" in Latin. The Latin
      > language has declensions -- and the base root word is "MILES" -- "MILITIS" is
      > the GENITIVE case (essentially means "OF" or "FROM" in the context of the
      > sentence). Here is a good reference to the same:
      > _http://latindictionary.wikidot.com/noun:miles_
      > (http://latindictionary.wikidot.com/noun:miles)
      > The earlier the reference (1400's or earlier), the more likely that it
      > means "KNIGHT." The later the reference (e.g.,1800's), the more likely that
      > it means "SOLDIER." Without knowing more, my inclination is that it may
      > reference to some type of patent (award) from military service:
      > _http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/letters_patent_
      > (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/letters_patent)
      > I did find a reference to "PATENTALIS MILES" in the book (page 347) by
      > ANTAL BARTAI -- Magyarorszagi latinság szótára: A magyar Tudományos Akadémia
      > megbizásából . . .
      > In this context, it appears to possibly pertain to a military award
      > (possibly a pension) relating to a wounded soldier -- (INVALIDUS "invalid") and
      > there appears to be a reference to a legal statute.
      > I did, however,see a references to a "MILES PATENTALIS" in a religious
      > context when I googled the term.
      > _http://books.google.com/books?id=mShAAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA347&lpg=PA347&dq=%22pate
      > ntalis+miles%22&source=bl&ots=zMhHneeMHK&sig=tjFSQCiKXO-2YCDvTN9UcCF1CiQ&hl=
      > en&sa=X&ei=fqDBT9b0IJHegge-5LXSCQ&ved=0CCIQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22patentalis%
      > 20miles%22&f=false_
      > (http://books.google.com/books?id=mShAAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA347&lpg=PA347&dq="patentalis+miles"&source=bl&ots=zMhHneeMHK&sig=tjFSQCiKXO-2YCD
      > vTN9UcCF1CiQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=fqDBT9b0IJHegge-5LXSCQ&ved=0CCIQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&
      > q="patentalis%20miles"&f=false)
      > Right now, I can't reach the ARCANUM database (it's seems that it may under
      > reconstruction or something), but when I did in the past, I would use the
      > search "PATENT*" with the asterisk wildcard to possible see other
      > comparisons in the use of the word. If you can look through the ARCANUM database
      > sometime (which is usually accessible through Bill Tarkulich's website at
      > _www.iabsi.com_ (http://www.iabsi.com) , but appears down at the moment from
      > the Hungarian archives), I would do a search for the word "PATENT*" (with
      > the wildcard) and see the use of the term. I am curious as to which region it
      > comes from. If my memory serves me correct, I did not see the term
      > "PATENT*" that often in the ARCANUM database, but the references that I remember
      > seeing were very intriguing.
      > I hope that this helps a little. Please feel free to write me directly to
      > further discuss.
      > Best regards,
      > David
      > In a message dated 5/26/2012 8:42:33 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
      > htcstech@... writes:
      > Hello All,
      > I do not understand the phrase 'militis patentalis' in context, seen twice
      > (in different order) on husband and wife's(?) death record:
      > Antonius Marafko (20th June 1867):
      > _https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-159391-456803-5?cc=1554443&wc=MM
      > VV-F35:n940944369_
      > (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-159391-456803-5?cc=1554443&wc=MMVV-F35:n940944369)
      > Elisabetha Meszaros (8th October 1868 - bottom of the page):
      > _https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-159391-456966-47?cc=1554443&wc=M
      > MVV-F35:n940944369_
      > (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-159391-456966-47?cc=1554443&wc=MMVV-F35:n940944369)
      > I've tried different spellings for patentalis but still no clue.
      > Also I presume 'maritus' means married to? Can it mean something else? I
      > ask this because in that case Antonius probably married his step-mother, 10
      > years his senior.
      > Both deaths occured in Eperjes - Jahodna (Pozsony Eperjes and not Presov),
      > some distance from their original birthplaces. I doubt that this 'marriage'
      > would be condoned by the church and I can't find a marriage record, so
      > maybe they ran away and lived together, assumed the state of marriage and
      > lived their lives to the end?
      > Previously, Antonius married late (42 years old) and his first wife dies
      > soon after with no progeny.
      > His father Georgius's 2nd marriage was to Elisabetha, but he died soon
      > after.
      > Also they were the only Marafko's in town. My Sherlock instinct tells me
      > that I've found another black sheep.
      > Peter M.
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