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222. Imperfect of unity of time.

As the present is used of actions that are continued from the past into the present (see 202), so the imperfect is used of actions that are continued into the past from a remoter past.

ἐθαύμαζον πάλαι”, AR. AV. 1670; I had long been astonished at it (i.e. before you asked me the question).

PLATO, Conv. 209C: πάλαι ἐκύει τίκτει”.

HDT.4.1:αἱ γὰρ τῶν Σκυθέων γυναῖκες, ὥς σφι οἱ ἄνδρες ἀπῆσαν χρόνον πολλόν, ἐφοίτεον παρὰ τοὺς δούλους”.

AR. Nub. 1311-2:οἶμαι γὰρ αὐτὸν αὐτίχ᾽ εὑρήσειν ὅπερ πάλαι ποτ᾽ ἐπῄτει” . Av. 1670 (see above). Lys. 1033:νὴ Δί᾽ ὤνησάς γέ μ᾽, ὡς πάλαι γέ μ᾽ ἐφρεωρύχει” .

PIND. P. 4.25-7: “δώδεκα δὲ πρότερον ἁμέρας . . . φέρομεν . . . εἰνάλιον δόρυ”.

HOM. Od. 23.29: “Τηλέμαχος δ᾽ ἄρα μιν πάλαι ᾔδεεν” (=Impf.) “ἔνδον ἐόντα” (dudum noverat).

Il. 23.871: “ἀτὰρ δὴ ὀιστὸν ἔχεν πάλαι”, iam sagittam tenebat dudum.

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