14. τὰ ἔτι παλαίτερα
—events preceding the Trojan war.
—Thuc. frequently uses the neut. plur. of the verbal or of an adj. for the sing. where the subject is an infin. or a sentence. The use is mainly poetical.
—these ‘evidences’ are detailed in cc. 2-17
: (1) migrations were frequent; (2) there was no common name; (3) weakness by sea; (4) the expeditions by land were on a small scale and were confined to border-fighting; (5) the tyrants hampered Greece proper, and Persia hampered Ionia.
belongs to πιστεῦσαι
, and is probably attracted from ἅ
. Chambry quotes Soph. OT 646 πίστευσον, Οἰδίπους, τάδε
, for the accus. with πιστεύω
ἐπὶ μακρότατον σκοποῦντι
—by earrying my inquiry to the farthest hunt (of the past). ἐπὶ μακρότατον
also in Hdt. 1.171
, in a similar connexion.