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Dative: direction as object

Syntactical Level

ὁ γὰρ παλαιὸς λόγος εὖ ἔχει, ὡς ὅμοιον ὁμοίῳ ἀεὶ πελάζει

‘’ (Plat. Sym. 195b)

The dative signals a direction as an object with verbs of motion, particularly in poetry.

Syntactic usage

In contrast with the accusative the dative always expresses a limited, brief movement.
In prose the word in the dative is usually animate, adding to the plausibility of analysing this dative as a dative of interest.

Example Sentences: 

ἐπεὶ δὲ ἀπήντησαν αὐτοῖς οἱ τῶν Ἑλλήνων στρατηγοί, ἔλεγε πρῶτος Τισσαφέρνης δι’ ἑρμηνέως τοιάδε

And when the generals of the Greeks met them, Tissaphernes was the first to say the following through an interpreter... [provisional translation]