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549. *)asi/a, *eu)rw/ph, *libu/h.

Of the grand divisions of the earth, “Ἀσία”, which is never adjectival in prose, and “Εὐρώπη”, which is everywhere a substantive, require the article, whilst “Λιβύη” varies. The rule is subject to the same exceptions as in 547.

ἦλθεν ἐκ τῆς Ἀσίας”, THUC.1.9.2; He came from Asia.ἀνεχώρησαν ἐκ τῆς Εὐρώπης”, Ibid. 1.89.2; They retreated from Europe.ἀφικομένους ἀπὸ τῆς Λιβύης”, Ibid. 7.50.1; Having arrived from Libya, but immediately thereafter, Ibid. 2: “ἀπενεχθέντες γὰρ ἐς Λιβύην”, Carried out of their course to Libya.ἐν τῷ μεταξὺ Ἀσίης τε καὶ Λιβύης”, HDT.2.16; In the space between Asia and Libya (enumeration). “ Ἀσίῃ Εὐρώπῃ”, Ibid. 4.198; To either Asia or Europe.τῆς γὰρ γῆς ἁπάσης . . . δίχα τετμημένης, καὶ τῆς μὲν Ἀσίας, τῆς δ᾽ Εὐρώπης καλουμένης”, ISOC.4.179; The whole earth being divided into two parts, the one called Asia, the other Europe (article omitted because “Ἀσίας” and “Εὐρώπης” are predicates).

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