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πάντ̓, adv., ‘in all respects’; to be taken, not with “ἐπιστήμην” alone (as if =‘complete knowledge’), but with “ἔχω ἐπιστήμην”.—Nauck, who pronounces the text corrupt, contends that we can say, (1) “τούτων ἐπιστήμην ἔχω”, or (2) “πάντα ἐπιστήμην ἔχω”: but that we cannot ‘combine “τούτων πάντα”.’ He compares “πάντα ἐπιστήμην ἔχω” with O. C.583τὰ δ᾽ ἐν μέσῳ” | “ λῆστιν ἴσχεις κ.τ.λ.”, where “τὰ δ᾽ ἐν μέσῳ” depends on “λῆστιν ἴσχεις” as = “ἐπιλανθάνει”. Hence it appears that he takes “πάντα” for an acc. depending on “ἐπιστήμην ἔχω” as=“ἐπίσταμαι”. But “πάντα” in our verse is an adverb. This adverb is used by Sophocles, not only ‘to strengthen adjectives’ (Nauck on Ant.721), as in “ πάντ᾽ ἄναλκις” ( El.301), but also with verbs and participles: as Ant.640γνώμης πατρῴας πάντ᾽ ὄπισθεν ἑστάναι”: Ph.99πάνθ᾽ ἡγουμένην”. The adverbial use of “πάντα” with “ἐπιστήμην ἔχω” is none the less correct because a gen., “τούτων”, happens to be joined with “ἐπιστήμην”. In Ant.721, “φῦναι τὸν ἄνδρα πάντ᾽ ἐπιστήμης πλέων”, the adverb certainly goes with “ἐπιστήμης πλέων”: but that proves nothing against the phrase used here.


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