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Translation query.

Postby peripatein » Tue Oct 12, 2010 8:25 pm

Dear Members,

May the English -- I learned by inquiry how much better a poet Aristophanes was than Euripides -- be translated thus:

ἐπυθόμην ὁπόσῳ ἀμείνων ποιητὴς εἴη Εὐρῑπίδου Ἀριστοφάνης?

Sincerely,

Yuval.
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Re: Translation query.

Postby peripatein » Wed Oct 13, 2010 6:43 am

The chief query concerns ὁπόσῳ, I presume.

Whatsoever comments would be most appreciated.
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Re: Translation query.

Postby NateD26 » Wed Oct 13, 2010 8:08 am

In terms of the construction of indirect question, you can find similar examples in Smyth 2664.
My only question is why the dative.
[edit out]Do you mean your own inquiry/research or hearing this from someone?[/edit out](irrelevant)
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Re: Translation query.

Postby peripatein » Wed Oct 13, 2010 8:20 am

Dative of degree of difference. May it not possibly be employed in this context?
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Re: Translation query.

Postby NateD26 » Wed Oct 13, 2010 9:06 am

peripatein wrote:Dative of degree of difference. May it not possibly be employed in this context?

Oh, I understand. I think It fits perfectly.

EDIT: This dative is the common construction with the comparative. I was just not familiar with it so I asked.
I've searched and found that In classical writers, we often find ἤ+object of comparison with this construction instead of genitive.
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