Genitive: apparent object

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Ἀθηναῖοι σφῶν ταῦτα οὐκ ἀποδέξονται

De Atheners zullen dit niet van hen aanvaarden.


Many verbs which normally take an accusative occasionally take a genitive of the person. This genitive appears to be governed by the verb, but is in fact governed by the object, which is usually a neuter pronoun or a subordinate clause.

Syntactic behaviour

In some cases this usage is grammaticalised to become a true genitive object.

Example Sentences: 


θαυμάζω τῶν στρατηγῶν ὅτι οὐ πειρῶνται ἡμῖν ἐκπορίζειν σῑτηρέσιον

Ik verwonder mij erover dat de generaals ons geen geld voor proviand proberen te bezorgen.



ἐγὼ οὖν καὶ τοῦτο ἐπαινῶ Ἀγησιλάου τὸ πρὸς τὸ ἀρέσκειν τοῖς Ἕλλησιν ὑπεριδεῖν τὴν βασιλέως ξενίαν

Ik bewonder dus ook in Agesilaos dat hij in verhouding met de goedkeuring van de Grieken geen aandacht had voor de gastvrijheid van de koning.