amyco Posted February 28, 2012 Share Posted February 28, 2012 Regarding the ablatives of agent and means: Is the ablative of agent used strictly for people, or can it include animals too? Equo tractus erat. (Written as ablative of means.) Is that correct, or should it be "Ab equo tractus erat."? (Written as ablative of agent.) Is there a definitive answer? I checked my Henle Grammar, and it is unclear. Henle says that the ablative of means is used for a NON-LIVING agent (capitalized and everything). Surely if a horse is going to drag something, it has to be alive. None of his examples for either were using animals. I know there are some Latin scholars on here that can clear it up for us!! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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