Quī morī timōre nisi ego Sat 62

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Can anyone explain the grammar of this to me? Why is mori in the infinitive?
 

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Historical infinitive, apparently.
 

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Thanks AoM. That would make sense.
 

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Yeah, it's a really strange use of the historical infinitive, probably colloquial. Just like "Mihi anima in naso esse; stabam tanquam mortuus." from a few sentences ago. That one's also a bit odd because esse is rarely found in the hist. inf. and the next verb is immediately back to a finite verb form.
 

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Yes that had me wondering as well...
 
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