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τὸ ἵππιος

Postby EberP » Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:45 pm

χαίρετε,

The other day I was working again on Greek Boy at Home (from Rouse) when I encountered this sentence which I'm trying to understand since the writer seems to be using a neuter pronoun τό with a masculine adjective ἵππιος, although he uses the normal masculine pron. in the sentence before.
What do you think of this?

ὁ δ' ἵππιος διπλοῦς ἐστι δίαυλος , διαθεόντων τῶν δρομέων δὶς πρός τε τὴν βαλβῖδα καὶ πάλιν.
τὸ δ' ἵππιος σημαίνει τὸ μῆκος μόνον: οὐ γὰρ ἵπποις χρῶνται.
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Re: τὸ ἵππιος

Postby jeidsath » Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:58 pm

Cite your page numbers, otherwise other people can't look up the section that you are quoting. (In this case, chapter 42, pg. 99).

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Re: τὸ ἵππιος

Postby jeidsath » Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:18 pm

Rouse's explanation appears motivated by this usage from Electra:

ἢ δρομεὺς δισσοὺς διαύλους ἱππίους διήνυσεν

The second sentence is talking about the word itself.
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Re: τὸ ἵππιος

Postby Barry Hofstetter » Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:27 pm

τό is often used where we would use quotes, using the word as a word in definitions, and so forth.
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καὶ σὺ τὸ σὸν ποιήσεις κἀγὼ τὸ ἐμόν. ἆρον τὸ σὸν καὶ ὕπαγε.
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Re: τὸ ἵππιος

Postby EberP » Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:00 pm

I appreciate your answers guys and yes, I will add more specific information in the future about what I'm reading.
And finally, if I understand correctly this use of τό, this would be my translation of that sentence:

τὸ δ' ἵππιος σημαίνει τὸ μῆκος μόνον: οὐ γὰρ ἵπποις χρῶνται.
"and/but the word "ἵππιος" indicates only the lenght: for they don't use horses."
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