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Patribus plebique - Roma Aeterna XLIII Line 139

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Patribus plebique - Roma Aeterna XLIII Line 139

Postby wilhelmjohnson » Sat Jun 28, 2014 5:19 pm

Atrox visum est id facinus patribus plebique. This hideous crime was seen by the patricians and plebs.

Why does Orberg use plebi instead of plebe? Assuming it isn't a typo, what kind of dative is plebi?
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Re: Patribus plebique - Roma Aeterna XLIII Line 139

Postby Qimmik » Sat Jun 28, 2014 5:47 pm

Passive videri means "to seem" and takes a dative complement--indirect object.

See Lewis and Short video, b7:

7 Pass., to be looked upon or regarded in any manner, i. e. to seem, appear to be or do any thing: . . . With dat. of pers.: cetera, quae quibusdam admirabilia videntur, etc., Cic. Lael. 23, 86: digna mihi res cum omnium cognitione tum nostrā familiaritate visa est, id. ib. 1, 4: idonea mihi Laelii persona visa est, quae, etc., id. ib.: a naturā mihi videtur potius quam ab indigentiā orta amicitia, id. ib. 8, 27: quae Aristoni et Pyrrhoni omnino visa sunt pro nihilo, id. Fin. 2, 13, 43: quod idem Scipioni videbatur, id. ib. 4, 14.—Parenthet. (cf. c. infra): quam nostris libris satis diligenter, ut tibi quidem videmur, expressimus, Cic. Att. 8, 11, 1: Philargyrus omnia de te, ut mihi quidem visus est, narravit, id. Fam. 4, 13, 3.—

Atrox here is a predicate adjective.

"This crime seemed horrible to the Senate and the People."
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