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Much the same Verbs govern the Dative in Plautus as in Cicero, e.g. credo, ignosco, impero. We have the full construction, Dative of Person and Accusative of Thing, in lines like But we find both Accusative and Dative with

Vito has Dative in Plautus:

But the Accusative is found, e.g. Rud. 168fluctus devitaverint”. Ausculto with Accusative means ‘I hear,’ with Dative ‘I obey’1; so editors change me of the MSS. into mi in Trin. 662nisi mi auscultas atque hoc ut dico facis.

The distinction between the function of the Dative (Indirect Object) and the Accusative (Direct Obj.) is seen with timeo in Ter. Andr. 210si illum relinquo, eius vitae timeo; sin opitulor, huius minas”; and with the two uses of ludos facio (1) with Accusative ‘to make game of,’ even in Passive, e.g. Bacch. 1090hocine me aetatis ludos bis factum esse indigne!” (2) with Dative ‘to honour, divert one with a comedy,’ often approaching the other sense, e.g. Most. 427ludos ego hodie vivo praesenti huic seni faciam, quod credo mortuo numquam fore.

1 Cf. audiens sum with Dative, e.g. Amph. 991eius dicto, imperio sum audiens.” The phrase dicto audiens esse became stereotyped as a synonym of oboedire and took Dative of Person, e.g. Amph. 989ego sum Jovi dicto audiens”, Cato Agric. 142dominoque dicto audiens sit”. Cf. Pers. 378futura's dicto oboediens an non patri?

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