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οἱ κοιρανίδαι, the Theban “εὐπατρίδαι” of the Chorus: see on 843. The nom. with art., instead of voc.,=‘ye who are princes of Thebes,’ and so brings out the implied reproach to their apathy. This constr. usu. has a somewhat peremptory tone, as Plat. Symp. 218Bοἱ δὲ οἰκέται...πύλας...τοῖς ὠσὶν ἐπίθεσθε”. It is different when a voc. precedes the art. and partic., as Aristoph. Av. 30ὦνδρες οἱ παρόντες ἐν λόγῳ”: cp. on 100 f.

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    • Aristophanes, Birds, 30
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