what does the abbreviation "h. l." (or "h. 1.") stand for?

Latin Language Asked on August 25, 2021

In one of the footnotes in Popma’s book, we read:

Vocabulum hocce in genere neutro h. l. esse positum, testatur Erythraeus in Ind. Virgil. fol. 41. fac. 2. col b.

I could not find Erythraeu’s book itself to see if "h. l" occurs there also, or this "h. l" is related to the citation (but as the full citation comes later, it seem quite improbable).

Edit : in the following footnote we find also "h. e", that’s too I could not decipher, but they might be related.

2 Answers

The abbreviation h. l. means hoc loco – “here, in this place, in this instance.” This is a common abbreviation which you can find in various books.

The abbreviation h. e. probably means hoc est or possibly hic est (some sources on Google Books prefer the latter, although I do not see why) – the meaning being more or less the same as the more well-known id est = “that is, that is to say.”

Correct answer by Sebastian Koppehel on August 25, 2021

Erythraeus and his Index of Virgil
'Publii Virgilii Maronis Bucolica, Georgica, et Aeneis, nunc demum ...,' Volume 2 By Nicolaus Erythraeus is published as an open access Google e-book. Page 41 covers words beginning Cl; and sure enough 'Clypeum' is listed in preference to 'Clypeus' (on the right hand leaf).

Answered by Hugh on August 25, 2021

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