From Caesar: remorum motu...permoti (B.G. IV.25) The question of whether remorum is subjective or objective raised for me the larger question of when it is possible for inanimate objects to act as subjects. In other words, is it possible for the oars to move or only be moved? English obviously permits both. Lewis and Short states the former is very rare, which is not surprising. Can this be generalized (obviously excepting personification)? Are there good examples of verbs in Latin that can act transitively or intransitively with the direct object becoming the subject (while the verb remains active)?