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The Ablative Absolute (see E. Bombe de abl. abs. apud antiquiss. Romanorum scriptores usu.’ Greifswald, 1877) is sometimes loosely used of the Subject of the sentence, e.g. Similar is an Ablative (without a Noun) like auspicato, Pers. 608vide ut ingrediare auspicato” (cf. “praefinitoTer. Hec. 94), and (without a Verb) e.g. Poen. 728quid si recenti re aedes pultem?”, Most. 916me suasore atque impulsore.” Other examples of this Ablative (sometimes called in Grammars the ‘Ablative of Accompaniment’ or of ‘Attendant Circumstances’) are This may be the true explanation of the Old Latin use of fini. ‘as far as’ with Ablative, Men. 859osse fini dedolabo assulatim viscera”, Cato R.R. 31, 2 “operito terra radicibus fini”, lit. ‘the bone being the limit,’ ‘with the roots as limit.’

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