Summary of Ergā
Summary of Use
Ergā is a preposition; it takes the accusative case and may be translated toward or for.
Along with in is forms an accusative of inclination; in this use, both prepositions have the same meaning.
The sense of ergā is always conceptual; ‘toward’ describes ‘regard for’ or ‘with respect to,’ and not physical movement
- The accusatives are inclination often occur where dative would seem appropriate
- There is charity, divine toward men: illic bonitās dīvina ergā hominēs est.
- He held hatred for each of us: odium nostrum ergā quemque habēbat.
Comparison with In
- May you be kind to your wife: comīs in uxōrem sīs.
- I am grateful toward you: in tē grātus sum.
The Essential AG: 385b
Famous Phrase: ergā omnēs : (toward all)
[legal term, describing universal rights or obligations]