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...ἐκτὸς (“τῶν ἐλπίδων”) “καὶ παρὰ ἐλπίδας”. I cannot parallel this zeugma of preps. with a case suited only to the second (in Il. 17.760περί τ᾽ ἀμφί τε τάφρον” both preps. take acc.): and yet it seems to be genuine, the phrase being so energetic and compact. ἐκτός is certainly supported by 330, while “ἄτοπος, ἄλογος”, and “εἰκός” are all very improbable substitutes. Nor can I think, with Schütz, that “ἐκτός” is here adverb: ‘the outside joy’ (i.e. outside of one's calculations).


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