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The equivalence of the Dative to the combination of a Preposition (ad, in) with the Accusative (see VII. 2), which led to the ‘Auxiliary’ formation of the Dative in the Romance languages, is prominent even in Plautus' time. Thus we find dare ad, e.g. while mitto is used with the Dative in Capt. 692te morti misero”. But in Ter. Andr. 70ex Andro commigravit huic viciniae”, we should probably read huc viciniae, like hic viciniae Phorm. 95. A truer anticipation of Virgil's “it clamor caelo(Aen. 5.451) is Ennius Ann. 94 V. “praepetibus sese pulchrisque locis dant” (of the vultures seen by Romulus; cf. Ann. 401).

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