[*] 357. The Genitive is used with certain special verbs. [*] a. The genitive sometimes follows potior, get possession of; as always in the phrase potīrī rērum, to be master of affairs:—
- illīus rēgnī potīrī; (Fam. 1.7.5), to become master of that kingdom.
- “Cleanthēs sōlem dominārī et rērum potīrī putat ” (Acad. 2.126) , Cleanthes thinks the sun holds sway and is lord of the universe.
- By analogy with those mentioned in § 354:—
- As akin to adjectives which take the genitive:—
- In imitation of the Greek:—
- “iūstitiaene prius mīrer, bellīne labōrum” (Aen. 11.126) , shall I rather admire his justice or his toils in war?
- “neque ille sēpositīciceris nec longae invīdit avēnae” (Hor. S. 2.6.84) , nor did he grudge his garnered peas, etc. [But cf. invidus, parcus.]
- “labōrum dēcipitur ” (Hor. Od. 2.13.38) , he is beguiled of his woes.
- “mēlabōrum levās ” (Pl. Rud. 247) , you relieve me of my troubles.