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Genitive: property as predicate NP


ἐλευθέρου γάρ ἐστι τἀληθῆ λέγειν

‘For speaking the truth is the art of a free man.’ (Men. Mon. 162)

The genitive signals a property, usually as a predicate NP.

Example Sentences: 

δὶς ἐξαμαρτεῖν ταὐτὸν οὐκ ἀνδρὸς σοφοῦ

It is not in the nature of a wise man to make the same mistake twice. ֍

τὸ γὰρ

νοσοῦντι ληρεῖν ἀνδρὸς οὐχὶ σώφρονος

To babble with a diseased mind is not in the nature of a sensible man. ֍

τίθεμαι πολιτικῆς καὶ ἀνδρώδους ψυχῆς ἀεὶ πρὸς τὸ κοινὸν ἱστάμενον.

I regard it as part of a political and manly attitude to take the common good into account at all times. ֍

ἀλλὰ γὰρ ἴσως, εἰ παντὸς ἦν τὸ “Γνῶθι σαυτὸν” ἔχειν πρόχειρον, οὐκ ἂν ἐδόκει πρόσταγμα θεῖον εἶναι.

If 'know yourself' were readily attainable for everyone, it would perhaps not be regarded as a divine command.