20. ἐπὶ τό
—so as to please the ear of the public rather than to arrive at the truth.
The double compar. as regularly where two qualities in the same person or thing are contrasted: ἰὼ στρατηγοὶ πλέονες ἢ βελτίονες
—agreeing with the implied object of ξυνέθεσαν τὰ πολλά
is in limiting apposition to this object, and αὐτῶν
depends on τὰ πολλά
—so as to be incredible.
This pregnant use of an adverb may often be noticed in the phrases with ἔχειν, διακεῖσθαι, διατιθέναι
ἐπὶ τὸ μυθῶδες ἐκνενικηκότα
—generally rendered ‘have won their way into the region of the fabulous’: but Croiset explains ‘in which the fabulous character has ended by prevailing.’
26. ὡς παλαιὰ εἶναι
—for the restrictive infin. see M.T. 781
; ‘sufficiently considering their antiquity.’ The ‘plainest indications’ are the τεκμήρια