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158. An aorist somewhat resembling the gnomic is very common in Homeric similes, where it is usually to be translated by the present. E.g. Ἤριπε δ᾽ ὡς ὅτε τις δρῦς ἤριπεν, and he fell, as when an oak falls, (literally, as when an oak once fell). Il. xiii. 389.

This can better be seen in the longer and more complicated examples which are quoted under 547 and 548.

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