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Allen and Greenough/ New Latin Grammar

GENITIVE WITH VERBS/ Verbs of Plenty and Want

356. Verbs of Plenty and Want sometimes govern the genitive (cf. § 409 . a. N.):—

convīvium vīcīnōrum compleō (Cat. M. 46, in the mouth of Cato), I fill up the banquet with my neighbors.

implentur veteris Bacchī pinguisque ferīnae (Aen. 1.215), they fill themselves with old wine and fat venison.

nē quis auxilī egeat (B. G. 6.11), lest any require aid.

quid est quod dēfēnsiōnis indigeat (Rosc. Am. 34), what is there that needs defence?

quae ad cōnsōlandum mâiōris ingenī et ad ferendum singulāris virtūtis indigent (Fam. 6.4.2), [sorrows] which for their comforting need more ability, and for endurance unusual courage.

Note— Verbs of plenty and want more commonly take the ablative (see §§ 409 . a, 401), except egeō, which takes either case, and indigeō . But the genitive is by a Greek idiom often used in poetry instead of the ablative with all words denoting separation and want (cf. § 357 . b. 3):—

abstinētō īrārum (Hor. Od. 3.27.69), refrain from wrath.

operum solūtīs (id. 3.17.16), free from toils.

dēsine mollium querellārum (id. 2.9.17), have done with weak complaints.

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