Recently I've been learning from Latin Sentence and Idiom by R. Colebourne and have come across a couple of questions in an exercise that have perplexed me.
The exercises concern indirect statements (or reported speech, as Colebourne calls it), and are as follows:
1. It is related that Homer was blind.
(The answer to which Colebourne provides as Narratur Homerus caecus fuisse)
2. It is said that Catiline threatened to overwhelm the state.
(Colebourne: Dicitur Catilina minatus esse se rem publicam eversurum esse
Now, why are 'Homerus' and 'caecus', and 'Catilina' and 'minatus' respectively in the nominative case? All the other exercises follow the usual accusative + infinative format, so why are these different? Does the fact the verbs are being used impersonally and the subject of both the primary and subordinate clauses are the same mean a different rule applies? If so, Colebourne doesn't enunciate it.
Or am I just being stupid and not seeing the obvious?