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εὐπρεπὴς——οὖσα This clause explains the continuance of the connexion as well as the considerable time it had lasted; and it is a necessary part of the argument ἐκ τῶν εἰκότων. The elegance of the Greek and the cleverness of the reasoning here are alike admirable.—ἐπλησίαζεν, see § 8. ἦς ἐρῶν ἐτύγχανε ‘Whom he was in love with at the time,’ —but the imperfect gives the additional sense, ‘during all the time.’ Properly, τυγχάνω ποιῶν is not ‘I happen to be doing,’ but ‘in doing it I fall in with some particular time,’ or coincidence of time. Thus ἔτυχεν ἐξιὼν means ‘he had just gone out,’ not ‘he happened to have gone out,’ and in Soph. El. 313 “νῦν δ᾽ ἀγροῖσι τυγχάνει” is, ‘at this present moment he is in the country.’ This idiomatic use was pointed out by Donaldson (New Crat. § 445). πλησιαζούσης i.e. ἔτι συνοικούσης.
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