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ire negabamus, ‘were for refusing to go.’

subire. For the infinitive thus used as indirect complement of a verb, and here expressing purpose, see Roby, §§ 1115 (4), 1362, R. § 540 (3). Lewis and Short give Theb.I. 531 as the only example of legere used with this construction. It is important to notice that the expression of purpose is only a frequent accident of the construction; the Latin infinitive stands to the finite verb in a general relation for which often an expression of purpose might have been substituted. In the following passage, for example, the two infinitives need quite different renderings: nec tamen illa suae revocatur parcere famae, turpior et saecli vivere luxuria (‘to spare’ and ‘from living’), Prop.i. XVI. 11.

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