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γιγνόμενα refers to time absolutely present, not contemporary with the main verb. MT'. § 141.

μᾶλλον . . διηλλαγμένα—i.e. varying in intensity and in form: μᾶλλον δὲ καὶ ἡσυχαίτερα form the first idea, adv. and adj. being combined, as either is possible separately with γίγνεται. μᾶλλον καὶ ἡσυχαίτερα γίγνεται might also mean ‘it rises and falls in intensity’ on any given occasion, but the emphatic position of γιγνόμενα shows that it corresponds in sense to the emphatic ἔστι, not to the mere copula ἐστί.

ὡς ἄν—‘according as.’

ἐφιστῶνται—‘impose themselves,’ like a doom: κῆρες ἐφεστᾶσιν Il. XII. 326, Soph. OT. 776, Eur. Hipp. 819.

τοῦ καθ᾽ ἡμέραν—some think that βίου has fallen out before βιαίου, and certainly τὸ καθ᾽ ἡμέραν is odd; but cf. τὸ παρόν and τὰ παρόντα.


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