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The use of the Accusative after the Interjection em is natural; for em was originally the 2 Singular Imperative of emo, ‘I take’ (see chap. IX). Natural too is Most. 845 “apage istum a me perductorem!” Either to Analogy of apage (ἄπαγε) or to the ellipse of some Verb the Accusative with ultro (which is related to ultra as citro to citra; cf. VII. 2 s.v. intra) is usually ascribed, e.g. obsecro is the usual explanation of tuam fidem in lines like Aul. 692 “Iuno Lucina, tuam fidem!” (see V, 7, IX). In toasts, etc., we have seen (24) that the Dative was used, e.g. bene mihi, bene vobis (sc. sit). We find also the Accusative, e.g. Stich. 709 “bene vos, bene nos, bene te, bene me, bene nostrum etiam Stephanium”, Asin. 905 (at a throw of dice) “te, Philaenium, mihi atque uxoris mortem.” Similarly instead of the usual vae tibi! we have in Asin. 481 vae te!
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