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[*] 874. Ὥσπερ with the participle occasionally seems to have the same force as ἅτε or οἷον; as in EUR. Hipp. 1307, ὁ δ᾽ ὥσπερ ὢν δίκαιος οὐκ ἐφέσπετο λόγοις, inasmuch as he was just, etc. Or is the meaning here he, like a just man? In PLAT. Rep. 330 E, ἤτοι ὑπὸ τῆς τοῦ γήρως ἀσθενείας ἢ καὶ ὥσπερ ἤδη ἐγγυτέρω ὢν τῶν ἐκεῖ μᾶλλόν τι καθορᾷ αὐτά, the same force is generally given to ὥσπερ. But it may have the comparative force: either because of the feebleness of old age, or perhaps (feeling) like one who is nearer the other world, he takes a more careful view of it,—a genitive of cause with ὑπό and a participle of circumstance being united under ἤτοι and ἤ.
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