Qimmik wrote:Yes, ἐμοὶ is fronted and is part of the clause introduced by ὅτι. Something like this (tinkering with the order of the clauses): "I believe that I have made it clear in many places, but especially in the introduction and preface of the history, that for me that part of the whole project was from the beginning also one of the necessary topics . . . "
OK, I reviewed dative semantics in Smyth and Cooper. Their is a common species of dative usage where a person or persons are referenced in dative case, who have some significant relationship with the notion put forward in the main clause, even though they are not the agent or the patient of main verb. This species of dative has various names, dative of interest, possession, relation, advantage, disadvantage,
all of which are useful but misleading. The main clause is capable of standing w/o the dative but the dative colors the entire clause which is why I was suggesting it functions adverbially.
Furthermore, getting into discourse structure, the clause initial slot
is used for contextualizers and adverbials. So dumbing a dative of interest/relation
in front of a subordinating conjunction would lead one to seriously consider if the scope of significance for the constituent in this position might be the entire clause. So if we consider fronted constituents functioning as qualifiers of whole clause, syntactically part of that clause, then I would agree with you.
I ran across a simple example of a dative with personal referent in clause initial position which falls into this category of interest/relation
in my work today on Agamemnon.
LCL on-line version
I say that you are about to gaze upon the death of Agamemnon.
Speak only of good things, poor girl; put your tongue to sleep.
But there is no divine Healer in attendance on these words.271
No, if it’s really going to happen; but please, somehow, let it not happen!
While you are praying, they are concerned with slaying!
Ἁγαμέμνονός σέ φημ᾿ ἐπόψεσθαι μόρον.
εὔφημον, ὦ τάλαινα, κοίμησον στόμα.
ἀλλ᾿ οὔτι Παιὼν τῷδ᾿ ἐπιστατεῖ λόγῳ.
οὔκ, εἴπερ ἔσται γ᾿· ἀλλὰ μὴ γένοιτό πως.
σὺ μὲν κατεύχῃ, τοῖς δ᾿ ἀποκτείνειν μέλει.
Take a look at Line 1250, the second half of the μὲν ... δ᾿ construction begins with a plural dative with personal referent. ἀποκτείνειν μέλει is an impersonal construction but the fronted dative of interest/relation/reference
provides an adverbial constraint affecting the entire clause.
C. Stirling Bartholomew