Because publication I isn't basically ancient narrative, it unavoidably proves tricky for green readers. regardless of the convolutions and density of Thucydides' prose variety, no authoritative statement has been released because the early days of the final century. H. D. Cameron is a popular professional in Greek and comparative grammar and has written this instruction manual for all degrees of classical scholars and students. His statement authoritatively debts for the final 100 years of evolving grammatical and linguistic thought as they observe to the seminal paintings of Thucydides.
H. D. Cameron is Professor of Greek and Latin and Director of the nice Books software on the collage of Michigan.
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Accordingly, “we are proficient much less learnedly than to disdain the laws,” i. e. , “we aren't so subtle as to despise the legislation. ” Archidamus, deciding on up at the cost that the Spartans are usually not elegantly expert, turns it round through making advantage. και ξυν χαλεποτητι σωφρονεστερον η ωστε αυτων ανηκουστειν (παιδευοµενοι). ξυν χαλεποτητι capability “with serious self-discipline. ” LSJ s. v. χαλεποτης II. ωστε . . . ανηκουστει ν expresses the predicted or attainable consequence (not the particular result). Sm. §2260. for that reason, “we are educated—with critical discipline—with extra strength of mind than to pay no heed to them [the laws]. ” και µη τα ακρει α . . . επεξιεναι (παιδευοµενοι). the elemental development is παιδευοµενοι µη επεξιεναι (τοι ς πολεµιοις) [educated to not move opposed to [the enemies]]. there's a few dispute between commentators and translators concerning the building of επεξιεναι. Thucydides treats it as intransitive with no supplement at II. 21 yet with a dative at VI. ninety seven, and the latter appears to be like the development the following. The unfavorable µη is going with the infinitive, no longer the participles—hence, “we have realized to not . . . ” οντες and µεµφοµενοι are established participles hooked up via apposition. The participle µεµφοµενοι supplies an instance of what's intended by means of being too shrewdpermanent. Sm. §2147g. τα αχρει α ξυνετοι αγαν οντες. “being too smart with recognize to lifeless things”—e. g. , creating a nice theoretical evaluation of the enemy’s arrangements. The distinction among λογος and εργον marks the relationship among the participle µεµφοµενοι and the infinitive επεξιεναι. accordingly, “while Commentary ninety seven cleverly criticizing in speak the enemies’ plans, to not cross after them in truth in a fashion inconsistent [with the words]. ” νοµιζειν δε . . . διαιρετας. “but [we are expert] to imagine that the plans and calculations of others are resembling our personal and [to imagine] that injuries that occur accidentally can't be decided via calculation. ” ο ι πελας actually ability “those nearby,” yet in Thucydides it always capacity easily “others. ” Classen and Steup, at I. 32. 1. eighty five. 1. µη παρωµεν. damaging hortatory subjunctive with first plural aorist lively of παριηµι, “give up, abandon. ” LSJ s. v. III. 1. ηµι ν µαλλον ετερων. “for us greater than [for] others. ” eighty five. 2. ετοιµων οντων. I. e. , the Athenians. δικας δουναι. “submit to arbitration. ” 86. 2. ο ι δ ουκετι µελλουσι. I. e. , the allies. Sthenelaidas looks creating a witty comment: “We won't do away with supporting. They don’t eliminate affliction! ” for extra examples of Laconic humor, see Plutarch’s Apothegmata Laconica (Mor. 208B–236E). 86. three. παραδοτεα. For the neuter plural, see Sm. §§1052, 1003a. The impersonal building of the verbal in ¯ τεος takes an accusative item. Sm. §2152. µη λογω αυτους βλαπτοµενους. The accusative participle has the destructive µη since it is conditional. Sm. §§2067, 2728. it's the agent of the verbal διακριτεα. “Since the impersonal building is almost lively, and as a result corresponding to δει with the accusative and infinitive . . . , the agent occasionally stands within the accusative” (Sm.