26. μεγίστην μὲν γενέσθαι
— ‘proved, it is true.’
For τῶν πρὸ αὐτῆς
cf. 1. 1
with gen. as 6.72 οὐδενὸς λειπόμενος
—rel. to στρατείαν
. According to the regular principle in Greek, the following clause, to which the nom. is supplied from ἥν
, is without the rel. In the second clause the rel. is often replaced by the required case of αὐτός
, ὃ ἦν τοῦ τείχους καὶ αἱ θύραι ἀνεωγμέναι ἔτυχον αὐτοῦ
. 7.29. 5 ὅπερ μέγιστον ἦν καὶ ἄρτι ἔτυχον οἱ παῖδες ἐσεληλυθότες
. It is the repetition of the rel. that is unusual, as in 6.4. 3 τὸ χωρίον οὗ νῦν ἡ πόλις ἐστὶ καὶ ὃ πρῶτον ἐτειχίσθη
. If, however, the first clause is neg. and the second pos., the rel. must be repeated, as in 2.43. 2 οὐκ ἐν ᾧ κεῖνται μᾶλλον, ἀλλ᾽ ἐν ᾧ ἡ δόξα καταλειπεται
. The same omission or substitution is frequent in Lat., as Liv. xxiii.8 cum quo steterat nec cum patria majestas sententia deputerat.
In Engl. cf. “Whom
though to know be life, and joy to make mention of His
name.” Hooker.Eccles. Pol.
“we treated her with great respect, which
she recerved as customary, and was neither elated by it
, nor confused.” Johnson.Tour in Heb.
she seemed to listen, but did not hear them.
” Macaulay.Warren Hastings
ἐπὶ τὸ μεῖζον κοσμῆσαι
—exaggerate by using his fancy.