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Genitive: patient as modifier
ἀρχὴ παιδεύσεως ἡ τῶν ὀνομάτων ἐπίσκεψις
‘The study of words is the beginning of education.’ (Antisthenes Fr. 38)
The genitive signals the macrorole of patient (or experiencer) as a modifier with a deverbative noun.
Words of ‘fear’ (e.g. δεινός, κίνδυνος), which usually take this type of genitive, can sometimes be used with a causative subordinate clause (μή + subjunctive).
This genitive is traditionally called an objective genitive because the content of these noun phrases can be converted into a sentence in which the original genitive becomes the subject: ἡ τοῦ τείχους ποίησις ‘the building of the wall’ - ποιοῦσι τὸ τεῖχος ‘they build the wall’. In reality the objective nominative and genitive share their semantic role, not their syntactic function. Like the objective accusative, the objective genitive usually signals the role of a patient or a result.
The difference between this genitive and the genitive of separation is not always clear: θανάτου λύσις ‘release from death’ (Homeros, Ilias 10.421).
ἠθοποιοῦσι γὰρ αἱ φιλίαι, καὶ μεῖζον οὐθέν ἐστιν ἠθῶν διαφορᾶς σημεῖον ἢ φίλων αἱρέσεις διαφερόντων.
Friendships change your character, and there is no greater sign of a change in character than a choice for a different kind of friend.