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Allen and Greenough/ New Latin Grammar

Dative of Referance

377. The Dative of Reference is often used to qualify a whole idea, instead of the Possessive Genitive modifying a single word:

iter Poenīs vel corporibus suīs obstruere (Cat. M. 75), to block the march of the Carthaginians even with their own bodies (to block, etc., for the disadvantage of, etc.).

sē in cōnspectum nautīs dedit (Verr. 5.86), he put himself in sight of the sailors (he put himself to the sailors into sight).

versātur mihi ante oculōs (id. 5.123), it comes before my eyes (it comes to me before the eyes).

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