The Ablative of Quality and the Genitive of Quality

The Ablative of Quality and the Genitive of Quality

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ... to quote a few well-worn passages in illustration of the phenomena before us, and to draw the conclusion that both cases "may often be used indifferently" (A. & G., 251, a). "Unterscheidet sich nicht wesentlich," says Draeger. "Otherwise there is often no difference" is Gildersleeve's guarded phrase. We have at hand a hundred passages which furnish instances of enallage, or have been so understood by various commentators. Taking them up in order we ought to find the truth about the relation of the two cases abundantly illustrated. 1. Plaut. Vid. v. 42 Si tibi pudico hominest opus et non malo Qui tibi fidelior sit quam servi tui Cibique minumi maxumaque industria Minime mendace, em me licet conducere A Genitive here instead of the Ablative maxuma industria would have been foreign to Plautine usage, for industria is an attribute used by way of straightforward description and used literally. On the other hand cibi minumi is quite a different thing. The idea expressed by it is not such as could have been conveyed by cibo minumo. The significant fact is that cibi minumi is related to a class of Genitives which are apparently translations of Greek adjective compounds in ndXv, as has been noted in Chapter II, page 36. These Genitives never appear in Ablative form and seem to have come early into use and to have remained fixed in usage as they entered it. Thus, beside our example of cibi minumi, we may place Cic. Fam. 9, 26, 4 non multi cibi hospitem accipies, multi ioci; Sueton. Aug. 76 Cibi plurimi erat atque vulgaris fere; Galb. 22, cibi plurimi traditur; Varro. R. R. 2, n minimi cibi; Pronto 32 neque est Gratia mea, ut causidicorum uxores feruntur multi cibi. Here then we should not say that there is no difference...
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