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Iliad 2:200-201

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Iliad 2:200-201

Postby Bert » Sat Jul 02, 2005 4:18 pm

[face=SPIonic] a)/llwn mu=qon a)/koue*,
oi(\ se/o* fe/rteroi*/ ei)si,
[/face]

I don't understand how the translations (on Perseus) I checked come up with; 'listen to the word of others who are better than you.'
I came up with; 'listen to the word of others, they are better than you.'
In order for it to mean listen to those who are better than you [face=SPIonic]oi(\ fe/rteroi [/face]would have to be in the dative. (or accusative -> obey others etc.)
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Postby Paul » Sat Jul 02, 2005 6:30 pm

Hi Bert,

I think your translation is right. The 'relative' clause is added as a reason why the soldier should listen: "because they are better than you".

Cordially,

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Postby Bert » Sat Jul 02, 2005 7:07 pm

Of course. It makes good sense now. I did not view oi(/ as a relative pronoun but simply as 'they'
(I knew I could count on you.)
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