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380. The Dative of the Personal Pronouns is used to show a certain interest felt by the person indicated.1

This construction is called the Ethical Dative.2 It is really a faded variety of the Dative of Reference.

  1. quid mihi Celsus agit (Hor. Ep. 1.3.15) , pray what is Celsus doing?
  2. suō sibi servit patrī; (Plaut. Capt. 5), he serves his own father.
  3. at tibi repente venit mihi Canīnius (Fam. 9.2) , but, look you, of a sudden comes to me Caninius.
  4. hem tibi talentum argentī; (Pl. Truc. 60), hark ye, a talent of silver.
  5. quid tibi vīs, what would you have (what do you wish for yourself)?

Dative of Separation

1 Compare “I'll rhyme you so eight years together.”—As You Like It, 3.2.

2 Datīvus ēthicus.

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    • J. B. Greenough, G. L. Kittredge, Select Orations of Cicero, Allen and Greenough's Edition., AG Cic. 2.2
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