The Historical Infinitive is also a feature of Plautine (and still
more of Terentian) Latin. It is found in narrative passages written in the style of Tragedy, e.g.
also in less ambitious narrations, e.g. Merc. 46
“obiurigare pater haec noctes
”. It seems to be limited to the Present Infinitive of Active or
Deponent Verbs in Main Sentences (Bacch. 482
is probably not
an exception to this rule).
On the use of the Present Infinitive for the Future Infinitive in phrases like
“nego me dicere
” ‘I refuse to tell,’ see above, 12
on the Perfect Infinitive in sentences like Poen. 872
“nolito edepol devellisse
On the association of Active and Passive Infinitive, e.g. Most. 959
”, see the opening paragraph of this chapter.