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minor question with Thuc.2.61.1

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minor question with Thuc.2.61.1

Postby chibibaiyun » Tue Nov 16, 2010 12:23 am

καὶ γὰρ οἷς μὲν αἵρεσις γεγένηται τἆλλα εὐτυχοῦσι, πολλὴ ἄνοια πολεμῆσαι

my question is that in the clause there are two short predicates,yet between them there seems no conj. why?
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Re: minor question with Thuc.2.61.1

Postby modus.irrealis » Tue Nov 16, 2010 2:05 pm

I would take εὐτυχοῦσι here as the participle.
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Re: minor question with Thuc.2.61.1

Postby ximo » Mon Nov 29, 2010 10:48 am

There are two clauses or sentences. The principal is in the second part with the verb esti elliptical on which depends the infinitive polemhsai (it is a big madness/nonsense to fight); on this sentence depends the other with the verb gegenhtai. The two sentences are divided by the relative ois in dative plural and this pronoun is accompanied by the participle eutuxousin (with the people for who the conquest is a big luck). The subordinate is simply a relative clause. "It's nonsense to fight against ones for who the conquest/defeat is profitable/ is luck.
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Re: minor question with Thuc.2.61.1

Postby modus.irrealis » Mon Nov 29, 2010 2:15 pm

I don't think that's right. I understood the sentence as "because for those who have the choice while prospering in other things, it is great ignorance to make war".
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