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[*] 603. Repetition and non-repetition of the article. The article may be common to a number of copulated substantives, even when they are of different genders or numbers, or it may be repeated with each member. Theoretically the repetition compels a separate consideration while the omission suggests unity. Practically the Greeks were almost as loose as we are prone to be, and a sharp difference cannot be made.1 Thecretically then: “οἱ . . . στρατηγοὶ καὶ οἱ λοχαγοί”, XEN. An. 3.5.14, the generals and the captains (as different classes of officers), but “οἱ στρατηγοὶ καὶ λοχαγοί” (cf. ibid. 1.7.2), the generals and captains (officers as distinguished from the privates). Practically: “τὸ ὅμοιον καὶ τὸ ἀνόμοιον καὶ τὸ ταὐτὸν καὶ ἕτερον”, PLATO, Theaet. 186A; The like and the unlike and the identical and different. “οἱ αὐτοὶ ὅρκοι καὶ ξυμμαχία”, THUC.1.102.4.
1 See A. J. P. vi (1885), 486.
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