In this line in Ovid Metamorphoses Book III. 505, is fratri put in the Dative because ' of the person in whose honour, or interest, or advantage or for whose pleasure, an action takes place, or the reverse (Dativus Commodi et Incommodi):

... planxere sorores  naides et sectos fratri posuere capillos, planxerunt dryades;<

Translated as

His naiad-sisters beat their breasts and shore their locks in sign of grief for their dear brother; (F.J. Miller)

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Yes, that sounds correct. It could be argued that the dativus commodi is the most common use of the dative, and it can be translated in various ways. In this sentence, in honour of their brother is good.

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