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Nouns of action, agency, and feeling govern the Genitive of the Object: -

NOTE: This usage is an extension of the idea of belonging to (Possessive Genitive). Thus in the phrase odium Caesaris, hate of Caesar, the hate in a passive sense belongs to Caesar, as odium, though in its active sense he is the object of it, as hate. (cf. a). The distinction between the Possessive (subjective) and the Objective Genitive is very unstable and often lost sight of. It is illustrated by the following example: the phrase amor patris, love of a father, may mean love felt by a father, a father's love (subjective genitive), or love towards a father (objective genitive).

a. The objective genitive is sometimes replaced by a possessive pronoun or derivative adjective: -

b. Rarely the objective genitive is used with a noun already limited by another genitive: -

c. A noun with a preposition is often used instead of the objective genitive: -

NOTE: So also in later writers the dative of reference (cf. § 366. b.): as, - longó belló máteria (Tac. H. i. 89), resources for a long war.