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simul, as conjunction, like simul ac in 349 (Roby, § 1719, R. § 723) subordinating hausimus and tetigit to coepi. Originally simul is adverbial and the verbs co-ordinate, as in the general use of ac and “καὶ” in comparisons. What follows is in strong contrast to the simple narrative of Homer ( Od.X. 237-40): “αὐτὰρ ἐπεὶ δῶκέν τε καὶ ἔκπιον, αὐτίκ᾽ ἔπειτα ῥάβδῳ πεπληγυῖα κατὰ συφεοῖσιν ἐέργνυ. οἱ δὲ συῶν μὲν ἔχον κεφαλὰς φωνήν τε τρίχας τε καὶ δέμας, αὐτὰρ νοῦς ἦν ἔμπεδος ὡς τὸ πάρος περ.”
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