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Along with the Genitive of Price, e.g. pluris (minoris) aestimare (cf. “pluris pretiBacch. 630), “huius non faciamTer. Adelph. 163, we find plure (minore) in Republican Latin (cf. Charisius p. 109, 10 K. “plure aut minore emptum antiqui dicebant”; see Wölfflin in Archiv lat. Lexikographie 9, 107), an Ablative, like magno (parvo), although it may also be a Locative; for -ĭ (later -ĕ) was the Locative suffix with Cons.-stems, as -ei (later -ī) with O-stems (see 29).

The Genitive (or Locative) nihili of nihili facere, etc., becomes an Adjective in the phrase homo nihili; cf. “non homo trioboliPoen. 463.

This Genitive (or Locative) of Price is found with refert, e.g. Rud. 966nihilo pol pluris tua hoc quam quanti illud refert mea”. The phrase in Pseud. 809 is curious: “me nemo potest minoris quisquam nummo, ut surgam, subigere” (i.e. ‘hire my services,’ said by a cook).

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