Vol. 48 (2022): XLVIII - 2022

On the Alleged dativus ethicus in Pindar

Published 2022-06-10


  • Pindar,
  • dativus ethicus,
  • syntax,
  • rhetoric,
  • style


The article deals with six Pindaric passages where a dativus ethicus is supposed to be used by the poet. After a brief re-examination of Pind. Ol. 6.22-25, 9.35-39, 10.1-2, Pyth. 1.59, and Parth. fr. 94b.66 M., and on the grounds of a more detailed analysis and reconsideration of the traditional exegesis of Is. 5.38-39 it may be concluded that such rhetorical device never occurs; by contrast, the dative in these passages rather fulfills the common and specific syn­tactic function of either commodi, termini, or object.


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