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Dative: experiencer as satellite

Syntactical Level

πᾶς δὲ τόπος τοῖς ἐρῶσι θάλαμος.

‘Any place can be a bed for those who are in love.’ (Ach. Tat. 5.5,16)

The dative signals an experiencer as a satellite or disjunct. It concerns a person who makes a judgement or adopts a point of view about the state of affairs.

Lexical usage

The dative word is often a substantivally used participle of verbs of coming, going or judging.

Example Sentences: 

καὶ τῶν ἀγαθῶν ἀνδρῶν οὐδὲν οὕτω θαυμάσιον τοῖς ἐκτὸς ὡς ὁ καθ’ ἡμέραν βίος τοῖς συνοῦσιν

And nothing in [the behaviour of] good people is so admirable in the eyes of outsiders as their daily life is in the eyes of those who share it. ֍

κακοῖς τὸ κέρδος τῆς δίκης ὑπέρτερον

In the eyes of malevolent people personal gain ranks higher than justice.

ἀλλ’ εἰσὶ μητρὶ παῖδες ἄγκυραι βίου

In the eyes of the mother children are the anchors of life.