From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Thu Jun 03 1999 - 12:36:04 EDT

At 5:59 PM +0200 6/3/99, Daniel Ria–o wrote:
>Carl W. Conrad wrote:
>> The
>>problem is how to make sense of the dative THi ELEUQERIAi with which the
>>clause begins. Brian originally asked whether this is a Dative of Advantage
>>or a Dative of Purpose. I originally said that the noun in a Dative of
>>Advantage construction should normally refer to a person, but "Freedom"
>>doesn't seem to be personified here. As for a dative of purpose, as I said
>>in my original reply, although this is a very important function for the
>>Latin dative, I really don't know of a Dative of Purpose in ancient Greek,
>>and before I'm ready to accept that, I would really like to see some
>>convincing instances of it in Hellenistic or earlier Greek.
> This is a very interesting question. I can't deal in extenso now
>about all the theoretical implications, but maybe a short summary can be of

Thanks very much, Daniel. This is the sort of data I was just hoping
someone might adduce. I'm at a place right now where it's very difficult to
get at major reference works, but I wonder whether this is not the same
thing which Schwyzer, in his large tome on Greek grammar, refers to as
"Dativ von Ziel oder Richtung."

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University
Summer: 1647 Grindstaff Road/Burnsville, NC 28714/(828) 675-4243

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