The Allen and Greenough is still under construction;
so some links may not work quite the way you would expect.
377. The Dative of Reference is often used to
qualify a whole idea, instead of the Possessive Genitive modifying a
- iter Poenís vel
corporibus suís obstruere (Cat. M. 75), to block the
march of the Carthaginians even with their own bodies (to block, etc., for the disadvantage of, etc.).
- sé in conspectum
nautís dedit (Verr. v. 86), he put himself in
sight of the sailors (he hut himself to the sailors into sight).
- versátur mihi ante
oculós (id. v. 123), it comes before my eyes (it comes to be before the eyes).