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μοιριδία τις κ.τ.λ. The peculiar place of τις makes it really equiv. to a parenthetic thought: ‘the power of fate (whatever it may be) is a dread power.’ So, while the general sense is what would be ordinarily given by “ μοιριδία δύνασις δεινά τις” (“δύνασίς”) “ἐστιν”, the actual order of the words is more expressive. This is not merely an instance of “τις” preceding the adj. (as though “τις δεινά” stood for “δεινά τις”, cp. Ph. 519). Nor, again, is it strictly parallel with “ὅταν δ᾽ κύριος παρῇ τις” (O.C. 288), where art. and subst. precede; though it is similar.

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