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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. 46obiurigare pater haec noctes et dies”. 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 Curc. 597nego me dicere” ‘I refuse to tell,’ see above, 12 and on the Perfect Infinitive in sentences like Poen. 872nolito edepol devellisse”, above, 19

On the association of Active and Passive Infinitive, e.g. Most. 959esse et bibi”, see the opening paragraph of this chapter.

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