Klassikrasser wrote:Hi, i'm new at the forum and i have a question about the first phillipic of demosthenes, in par 38 there is on the second line: "hoos ouk edei". Does anyone know what that means, what the function is of "hoos"? I've checked a few translations, but they nicely jumped over
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Are you sure about the form "hoos"? It looks to me like the text reads [face=SPIonic]w(j ou)k e)/dei[/face]
The meaning's a bit harder. I suspect the imperfect [face=SPIonic]e)/dei[/face]
is from the [face=SPIonic]de/w[/face]
that means 'need' rather than 'bind'.
I also think that this may be an instance of what Smyth calls 'adherescent' [face=SPIonic]ou)[/face]
. Such use imparts the opposite meaning to the verb. So I take the clause to mean, roughly, 'thus it is possible' as opposed to 'this it is not necessary'. (NB: 'thus' is translation of your 'hoos').
But it's idiomatic and I could well be wrong.