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A characteristically Plautine Genitive is what is usually called the Genitive of ‘Respect,’ e.g. Amph. 105quam liber harum rerum multarum siet”; Pseud. 746A. ecquid argutust? B. malorum facinorum saepissime”. We should express this by the Preposition ‘in,’ ‘easy-going in these matters,’ ‘talented in villainy.’ This notion of ‘in,’ ‘in respect of’ is expressed by the Ablative in sentences like Sometimes the ‘Genitive of Respect’ and the ‘Objective Genitive’ (e.g. “fugitans litiumTer. Phorm. 623) are hardly distinguishable; thus in Asin. 855-7si huius rei me mendacem inveneris . . . amantem uxoris maxume”, it seems unreasonable to separate the functions of the two Genitives. Cf. Capt. 264quarum rerum te falsiloquum mihi esse nolo”. The Plautine Genitive with credo is called in some Grammars a ‘Genitive of Respect,’ in others a ‘Partitive Genitive’, e.g. We find it also with fidem habeo in Pers. 785quia ei fidem non habui argenti”, which favours the title ‘Genitive of Respect’; but the occasional addition of quicquam, quid associates it with the ‘Partitive Genitive,’ Asin. 854neque divini neque mi humani posthac quicquam accreduas”; Poen. 466quid ei divini aut humani aequomst credere?” Other Verbs with the Genitive that may be mentioned in this connexion are fallor, Epid. 239nec satis exaudibam, nec sermonis fallebar tamen”; also Verbs of incriminating, convicting, penalizing (like furti accusare, capitis damnare), e.g. Cf. Poen. 184dupli tibi, auri et hominis, fur leno siet”. With insimulo, the crime usually stands in Genitive, but we find Accusative in Amph. 859collibitum siet meo viro sic me insimulare falso facinus tam malum” (cf. Amph. 820, etc.). In the phrase animi sanus, laetus, etc., the Loc. is usually recognized. But we find in Plautus, e.g. Epid. 138desipiebam mentis, quom illa scripta mittebam tibi”, where mentis is clearly Genitive, although in Trin. 454satin tu's sanus mentis aut animi tui?”, the emendation has been proposed, tu sanus menti's.

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