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Iliad 1:98

Postby Bert » Tue Nov 04, 2003 3:05 am

[face=SPIonic]pri/n g' a)po\ patri\ fi/lw| do/menai e(likw/pida kou/rhn[/face]
After seeing [face=SPIonic]a)po\[/face] I was looking for a word in the genitive but there isn't one. How do I translate this word, and why isn't it followed by a genitive?
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Postby Paul » Tue Nov 04, 2003 2:10 pm

Hi Bert,

This is 'tmesis': [face=SPIonic]a)po\[/face] ... [face=SPIonic]do/menai[/face].

[face=SPIonic]a)po\[/face], here adverbial, is never too far from its original meaning "from, away from".

Literally, then, "to give away from" ("from themselves", in this context).

Less literally, "to give back".


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