A Study in Case Rivalry

A Study in Case Rivalry: Being an Investigation Regarding the Use of the Genitive and the Accusative in Latin with Verbs of Remembering and Forgetting

Volume: 14
Copyright Date: 1901
Published by: Cornell University Press
Pages: 78
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    A Study in Case Rivalry
    Book Description:

    In this book, Clinton L. Babcock presents a complete, classified list of all the examples of the use of the genitive and the accusative with verbs of remembering and forgetting that occur in extant Latinity down to the end of the Augustan period. Where no reliable index was available, a standard text has been carefully read the second time, lest any examples should escape notice. This has been done in the case of Plautus, and Terence, and Cicero's Letters. The accuracy of the text has been tested in the case of each example and the reading discussed when necessary. All material belonging to the post-Augustan period has been gleaned from lexicons and indexes. These examples are valuable as throwing light upon the later development of the construction which forms the subject of this book, and they probably cover over seventy-five per cent of the instances occurring in the entire period from which they are drawn.

    Two other objects have been kept in mind; and the three, treated separately, give rise to the division of the paper into three parts. Part One contains a collection of the statements regarding the subject made by scholars both ancient and modern, with all occasional criticism of statements of fact. Part Two contains the material gathered in the present investigation, as described above. Part Three includes criticisms of theories quoted in Part One, together with such independent suggestions and conclusions as may seem warranted by Part Two.

    eISBN: 978-0-8014-6656-4
    Subjects: Language & Literature

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. [i]-[iv])
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. [v]-[v])
    (pp. 1-2)

    It is a recognized fact that many of the statements touching Latin syntax, generally accepted as true, rest upon slight foundation. One after another, trusted “rules” have been weighed in the balance of exhaustive research, and found wanting, till the careful scholar finds himself regarding with great reserve even the most plausible statements of traditional grammar, unless those statements have been amply verified by thorough investigation. Unfortunately the number of instances in which such investigations have been made is comparatively few. This paper is presented in the hope that it may add one more to the list.

    Primarily the object...

    (pp. 3-15)

    Cicero, de Div. I, 63. writes meminit practeritorum. In de Fin. I, 62, he writes praeterita meminit. Why? The following pages are devoted to an attempt to answer the general question of which this is a particular instance : Why did the Romans use now the genitive and now the accusative with verbs of remembering and forgetting?

    The ancient grammarians have little or nothing to say about the matter. If they mention it at all, it is generally to quote without comment examples of the genitive and accusative with these verbs, under the heading “Exempla Elocutionum.” However, Caper and after...

    (pp. 16-48)

    The following pages contain all the instances in extant Latin literature, down to the end of the Augustan period, in which a verb of remembering or forgetting occurs with a direct object in either the genitive or the accusative case.

    Sententiae 2 {Frag. Poet. Rom.) : Amicum cum vides, obliscere miserias commentus ; si est inimicus, nee libens aeque.

    Odisiat, 4 : Neque tarnen te oblitus sum, Laertie noster. Cf. Homer, Od. I, 65,

    a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a...

    (pp. 49-74)

    We have now before us all the instances occurring in extant Latinity down to the end of the Augustan period where a verb of remembering or forgetting is followed by a case, and may now proceed to examine the statements made by various scholars regarding the usage.

    Reserving criticism of Nonius, Caper, and the other ancient authorities until later, let us look at once at the modern theories. In Part One it was stated that these might be grouped, for convenience of examination, in three general classes. First, those that assert that the genitive when used after verbs of remembering...

  7. Back Matter
    (pp. 75-76)