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how does ἔστιν ὅτε function in this segment from Thucydides

Postby Laertiades » Thu Aug 23, 2018 3:17 pm

I´m struggling with how ἔστιν ὅτε is functioning in this passage from Thucydides, Book 1 - chapter 25. If someone would be willing to provide some insight, I would be grateful. Thanks in advance for any help.

ναυτικῷ δὲ καὶ πολὺ προύχειν ἔστιν ὅτε ἐπαιρόμενοι καὶ κατὰ τὴν Φαιάκων προενοίκησιν τῆς Κερκύρας κλέος ἐχόντων τὰ περὶ τὰς ναῦς

Source: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/tex ... ection%3D4
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Re: how does ἔστιν ὅτε function in this segment from Thucydi

Postby Paul Derouda » Thu Aug 23, 2018 4:32 pm

ἔστιν ὅτε is a fixed elliptical expression that means approximately "at times", "now and then"; in this particular case, it seems to mean "often". See LSJ ὅτε A.4.2. ὅτε doesn't connect closely with what follows like ὅτε usually does.
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