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Odyssey 12. 440-442

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Odyssey 12. 440-442

Postby huilen » Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:38 am

ἦμος δ᾽ ἐπὶ δόρπον ἀνὴρ ἀγορῆθεν ἀνέστη
κρίνων νείκεα πολλὰ δικαζομένων αἰζηῶν,
τῆμος δὴ τά γε δοῦρα Χαρύβδιος ἐξεφαάνθη.

http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/tex ... rc1:12.426

I don't understand the meaning of these verses. Odysseus was talking about how he survived Charybdis, and suddenly he throw out those obscure words... :S

I am not sure about the syntax neither: is it a general construction? Then, why is the verb of the conditional clause in the indicative mode?
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Re: Odyssey 12. 440-442

Postby Markos » Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:59 am

I guess ἀνέστη is a gnomic aorist.
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Re: Odyssey 12. 440-442

Postby Qimmik » Wed Apr 23, 2014 3:32 am

ἦμος . . . τῆμος -- these are correlative. "At the time of day when . . . at that time . . . "

ἀνέστη -- yes, as Markos noted, this is a gnomic aorist

"At the time of day when a man who is judging many disputes [νείκεα] of men in their prime [αἰζηῶν] seeking justice in lawsuits [δικαζομένων] gets up from the court [ἀγορῆθεν] [to go] to dinner--at that time the wooden planks appeared out of Charybdis [genitive]."
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Re: Odyssey 12. 440-442

Postby huilen » Wed Apr 23, 2014 4:17 am

Ok, that gnomic aorist again... always bringing to me so much sorrow... Thanks!
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