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Some of the Plautine ‘Genitives of Respect’ would, if found in an Augustan poet, be called Graecisms, e.g. Rud. 213hac an illac eam incerta sum consili” (cf. Ter. Phorm. 578quod quidem me factum consili incertum facit”; Ennius trag. 142 V. “suarum rerum incerti”). But the imitation of a Greek construction1 is as suitable for the literary style of Augustan poetry as it is unsuitable for the every-day language of Plautus. Their Italic origin is proved by their occurrence in other dialects, e.g. (Oscan) “manum aserum eizazunc egmazum” ‘manum asserere earum rerum.’ Similarly the use (especially in Tacitus) of the Genitive of the Gerund and Gerundive to express purpose, e.g. Tac. Ann. 2, 59Germanicus Aegyptum proficiscitur cognoscendae antiquitatis”, is found in Umbrian, e.g. “ocrer peihaner” ‘arcis piandae.’ It is therefore a native construction, and, although not found in Plautus, is once used by Terence, Adelph. 270ne id adsentandi magis quam quo habeam gratum facere existumes”. (On Rud. 247me laborum levas”, see below, 14).

1 The Genitive in Capt. 825non ego nunc parasitus sum, sed regum rex regalior”, Ennius trag. 56 V. “mater optumarum multo mulier melior mulierum”, is the Partitive Genitive But there is a mixture of two ideas. (See above, I. 10

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