Chapter 10 Question

Here you can discuss all things Ancient Greek. Use this board to ask questions about grammar, discuss learning strategies, get help with a difficult passage of Greek, and more.
Post Reply
Lukas
Textkit Member
Posts: 196
Joined: Sat Mar 23, 2019 4:04 pm

Chapter 10 Question

Post by Lukas » Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:23 am

I am supposed to translate this into Greek, "In the eyes of the majority pleasure is not the measure of virtue."
The answer book writes, τοῖς πλείστοις ἡ ἡδονὺ οὐκ ἔστι τὸ μετρὸν τῆς ἀρετῆς."

I was wondering why there is an acute on the first syllable of ἔστι? Is the author thinking "is" should be translated "there is?"
Λουκᾶς

mwh
Textkit Zealot
Posts: 3282
Joined: Fri Oct 18, 2013 2:34 am

Re: Chapter 10 Question

Post by mwh » Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:53 am

No. This is the prescribed accentuation for εστι(ν) after οὐκ. Accentuation of εστι is something else I wouldn't worry about at this stage (if ever). Better to correct your accentuation of μετρὸν.

Callisper
Textkit Member
Posts: 146
Joined: Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:21 pm

Re: Chapter 10 Question

Post by Callisper » Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:12 am

Doesn't seem like you took much away from this same thread 5 months ago - viewtopic.php?f=2&t=69052 - where you asked exactly the same question (and, to boot, answered it for yourself within your very first post).

Lukas
Textkit Member
Posts: 196
Joined: Sat Mar 23, 2019 4:04 pm

Re: Chapter 10 Question

Post by Lukas » Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:39 am

Different question. I did not know if this was emphatic or not.
Λουκᾶς

mwh
Textkit Zealot
Posts: 3282
Joined: Fri Oct 18, 2013 2:34 am

Re: Chapter 10 Question

Post by mwh » Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:10 am

In a sentence such as τοῖς πλείστοις ἡ ἡδονὴ οὐκ ἔστι τὸ μέτρον τῆς ἀρετῆς, οὐκ ἔστι is not emphatic. It just means “isn’t.” (X is not Y.)
If the sentence were just τοῖς πλείστοις ἡ ἡδονὴ οὐκ ἔστι, it would mean “doesn’t exist.” (X is not.)

But I suggest we leave the discussion right there, or it will get endlessly confusing. It’s just not worth trying to understand rules which don’t really make sense in the first place.

Post Reply