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Dative: property or manner
ἡ δὲ δίκην ἐπεκάθητο τῷ ταύρῳ πλεούσης νεώς, ὥσπερ ἱστίῳ τῷ πέπλῳ χρωμένη.
‘Thus she sat on the bull as if on a sailing ship; she used her robe as a sail.’ (Ach. Tat. 1.12)
The dative signals a property or means as an object agreeing with another object.
This especially concerns verbs such as χράομαί (τινί) τινί ‘to use (something) as...’.
διὰ γὰρ τὴν πονηρίαν αὐτοῦ οὔτε φίλῳ οὔτε ἐχθρῷ πώποτε ἐχρησάμην αὐτῷ
Because of his wickedness, I never dealt with him, neither as a friend nor as an enemy. [provisional translation]
παρῆν δὲ καὶ Αἴσωπος ὁ Φρύξ· τούτῳ δὲ ὅσα καὶ γελωτοποιῷ χρῶνται
Aesop the Phrygian was there too; they even use him as a jester.