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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.
νοσοῦντι ληρεῖν ἀνδρὸς οὐχὶ σώφρονος
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.