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I think that the dative sibi can be crucially related to the presence of the preverb con-. A typical use of the dative case is found with some compound verbs and adjectives. sī sibi ipse cōnsentit (Cic. Off. I.5) 'if he is in accord with himself' So note that the the same dative you see with adjective conscius also appears with the related verb ...

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