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206. Imperfect with adverb of rapidity.

The continuance is in the mind of the narrator; it has nothing to do with the absolute duration of the action. The aorist is the rule with the expression of definite numbers (see 208), and it is not at all inconsistent with the nature of the imperfect tense that it should be accompanied by an adverb expressing the notion of rapidity.

εὐθὺς ἐχώρει ἐπὶ τὴν Ἀρκαδίαν”, XEN. Hell. 6.5.12; Forthwith he proceeded on his way to Arcadia.

LYS.1.17:εὐθέως ἐταραττόμην” . 8.15:εὐθὺς . . . ἐβάδιζε” . 9.4:ὑπετοπούμην εὐθέως” . 13.35:εὐθέως κρίσιν τοῖς ἀνδράσι τούτοις ἐποίουν ἐν τῇ βουλῇ” . 21.3:εὐθὺς ἐγυμνασιάρχουν” .

XEN. An. 3.4.27: “οἱ δὲ πολέμιοι ταχὺ ἀπεπήδων”. Hell. 6.5.12 (see above).

THUC.3.49.2:τριήρη εὐθὺς ἄλλην ἀπέστελλον”, They despatched (were for despatching) another trireme at once. 3.106.1:ἐβοήθουν κατὰ τάχος” . 3.109.3:διὰ τάχους ἔθαπτον” . 3.111.1:θᾶσσον ἀπεχώρουν” . 5.21.1:εὐθὺς . . . ἀφίεσαν” . 5.21.3:κατὰ τάχος ἐπορεύετο” . 6.69.1:ἐπῆγε τὸ στρατόπεδον εὐθύς . . . ἀναλαβόντες τὰ ὅπλα εὐθὺς ἀντεπῇσαν” . 7.29.1:εὐθὺς ἀπέπεμπον” . 7.69.1:ἀντεπλήρουν τὰς ναῦς εὐθύς” . 7.84.3:εὐθὺς διεφθείροντο” . 8.12.3:διὰ τάχους τὸν πλοῦν ἐποιοῦντο” .

HDT.1.79:ἐποίεε κατὰ τάχος”.

AR. Nub. 1357: δ᾽ εὐθέως . . . ἔφασκε” . Vesp. 355: “ἵεις σαυτὸν κατὰ τοῦ τείχους ταχέως”.

PIND. P. 9.38-9: “μῆτιν ἑὰν” | “εὐθὺς ἀμείβετο”.

HOM. Od. 9.179: “οἱ δ᾽ αἶψ̓ εἴσβαινον καὶ ἐπὶ κληῖσι καθῖζον”.

Il. 2.52: “τοὶ δ᾽ ἠγείροντο μάλ̓ ὦκα”.

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