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Odyssey 12. 55-72

Hello everybody, thanks for all your help with Book 6 of the Odyssey, I have finished it and started yesterday with Book 12 :) Here I leave some doubts that I have.


τῇ δ᾽ οὔ πώ τις νηῦς φύγεν ἀνδρῶν, ἥ τις ἵκηται,
ἀλλά θ᾽ ὁμοῦ πίνακάς τε νεῶν καὶ σώματα φωτῶν
κύμαθ᾽ ἁλὸς φορέουσι πυρός τ᾽ ὀλοοῖο θύελλαι.

I don't understand why is ἱκνέομαι in ...
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Still reading Homer

Halfway book 3 of the Iliad, some random remarks and observations from the perspective of a beginning reader of Homer

-Homer is great
-reading Homer really does get easier. I can read the text now without commentary or dictionnary and understand 80% of what is going on. A second reading, this time with help, fills in the rest. I hardly ever use a translation. Vocabulary is the main difficulty. A dictionnary helps of course as ...
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Odyssey 6. 295-6

ἔνθα καθεζόμενος μεῖναι χρόνον, εἰς ὅ κεν ἡμεῖς
ἄστυδε ἔλθωμεν καὶ ἱκώμεθα δώματα πατρός.

S&H says that χρόνον is adverbial (meaning "for a time"). I seem not to recall a noun used that way as an adverb: is it common in Homer? I would have say that χρόνον is a cognate accusative with μεῖναι ("wait a moment"): is anything wrong with this interpretation?

I understand what it means, but what does exactly ὅ in εἰς ...
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Some doubts with Odyssey 6. 223-237

I have some recurrent doubts that I would try to illustrate with the last that I read from Odyssey 6. 223-237.

Many times I see the imperfect when I would use the aorist. Here is an example:

αὐτὰρ ὁ ἐκ ποταμοῦ χρόα νίζετο δῖος Ὀδυσσεύς
ἅλμην, ἥ οἱ νῶτα καὶ εὐρέας ἄμπεχεν ὤμους·
ἐκκεφαλῆς δ´ ἔσμηχεν ἁλὸς χνόον ἀτρυγέτοιο.

Then he changes to the aorist again. I should understand it as a vivid description of ...
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Odyssey 6. 182-185

I can't figure out the entire sense of these verses:

οὐ μὲν γὰρ τοῦ γε κρεῖσσον καὶ ἄρειον,
ἢ ὅθ᾽ ὁμοφρονέοντε νοήμασιν οἶκον ἔχητον
ἀνὴρ ἠδὲ γυνή: πόλλ᾽ ἄλγεα δυσμενέεσσι,
χάρματα δ᾽ εὐμενέτῃσι, μάλιστα δέ τ᾽ ἔκλυον αὐτοί.

Odyseus is saying to Nausicaa that nothing is better than when a man and a woman live in good harmony. Up to there I understand everything, but then it start to turn obscure for me:

πόλλ᾽ ἄλγεα ...
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About νῦν in Od. 6. 149

γουνοῦμαι σε ἄνασσα· θεὸς νύ τις ἦ βροτός ἐσσι·
(Odyssey 6. 149)

I don't understand the which is the function of νῦν here. I have already read the whole entry of perseus for νῦν, but it didn't help. I only found the following uses of νῦν, that perhaps apply to my case, although I don't see how yet:

2. in Ep. mostly as a particle of emphasis, “ἧκε δ᾽ ἐπ᾽ Ἀργείοισι κακὸν βέλος: οἱ ...
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Accentuation of περι

The other thread brought to my mind another fascinating accent question I recently ran into. It concerns the accentuation of περι in Epic when it's used as an adverb with the meaning "exceedingly".

LSJ, περί E.II.1. says it "commonly suffers anastrophe", e.g. Τυδεΐδη, πέρι μέν σε τίον Δαναοί Il.8.161. This and the examples in Homer that LSJ gives in this section are, however, accented περί in the edition that TLG provides, as well as in ...
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Some doubts with Odyssey 6.99-114

αὐτὰρ ἐπεὶ σίτου τάρφθεν δμῳαί τε καὶ αὐτή,

Why is the passive voice used here, instead of the middle?

πασάων δ᾽ ὑπὲρ ἥ γε κάρη ἔχει ἠδὲ μέτωπα,

S&H says that κάρη and μέτωπα are accusatives of specification. Could not be just direct objects of ἔχει?
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Od. 6, 79: scansion doubt

Could some one help me to scan this verse?

δῶκεν δὲ χρυσέηι ἐν ληκύθωι ὑγρὸν ἔλαιον

Here is my best try:
δω̄κε̄ν | δε̄ χρῠσε̆|η̄ι || ε̄ν | λη̄κῡ|θω̄ι ῡγ|ρο̄ν ε̄|λαῑο̄ν

There is only one dactyl, is it right?

S&H says that there is a synizesis in χρυσέῃ. But why is the the first syllable of ἔλαιον long (if it is)?.
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Aorists in Od. 9.98-99

Od. 9.98-99:
τοὺς μὲν ἐγὼν ἐπὶ νῆας ἄγον κλαίοντας ἀνάγκῃ,
νηυσὶ δ᾽ ἐνὶ γλαφυρῇσιν ὑπὸ ζυγὰ δῆσα ἐρύσσας.

Do you think it's possible to take δῆσα and ἐρύσσας as "causative" aorists, like sigmatic aorists sometimes are, i.e. not to translate "I drew them beneath the benches and bound them" but instead "I had them drawn beneath the benches and had them bound."

I consulted a number of translations and commentaries, and none agrees with this ...
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