The Verbs miseret, taedet, pudet, etc., govern the Genitive in Plautus' time, as they do later; also fastidire, e.g. Aul. 245 “abiit . . fastidit mei”, Turpilius 103, Titinius 94, Lucilius 293, 654 Ma. “fastidire Agamemnonis”, but the MSS. show the Dative in Stich. 334 “mihin (mein, edd.) fastidis?”; also cupere, e.g. Mil. 963 “quae cupiunt tui” (but also Acc, e.g. Mil. 1050 “quae te cupit”). Studeo, which we shall find (44 below) to be used with the Accusative as well as the Dative, appears with the Genitive in Caecilius 201 “qui te nec amet nec studeat tui”. Could we have a better example of the elasticity of Early Latin Syntax and of the danger of altering the traditional text of Plautus when an abnormal construction is exhibited? Of vereor with Genitive we have many examples in the Dramatists, e.g.
- Ter. Phorm. 971 “neque huius sis veritus feminae primariae”,
- Afranius 302 “veretur tui” (cf. 31, 99),
- and (Impersonal) Atta 7 “nilne te populi veretur, qui vociferere in via?”,
- Pacuvius 182 “Tyndareo fieri contumeliam, cuius a te veretur maxume?”