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1299. The possessive genitive is used with the neuter article (singular or plural) denoting affairs, conditions, power, and the like: ““τὸ τῶν ἐφόρωνthe power of the ephorsP. L. 712d, ““τὸ τῆς τέχνηςthe function of the artP. G. 450c, ““τὸ τοῦ Σόλωνοςthe maxim of SolonP. Lach. 188b, ““ἄδηλα τὰ τῶν πολέμωνthe chances of war are uncertainT. 2.11, ““τὰ τῆς πόλεωςthe interests of the StateP. A. 36c, ““τὰ τοῦ δήμου φρονεῖis on the side of the peopleAr. Eq. 1216. Sometimes this is almost a mere periphrasis for the thing itself: ““τὸ τῆς τύχηςchanceD. 4.12 τὰ τῆς σωτηρία_ς safety 23. 163, τὸ τῆς ὁσία_ς, ὁτιδήποτ᾽ ἐστί the quality of holiness, whatever it is 21. 126, ““τὸ τῶν πρεσβυτέρων ἡμῶνwe eldersP. L. 657d. So τὸ τούτου S. Aj. 124 is almost = οὗτος, as τοὐμόν is = ἐγώ or ἐμέ. Cp. L. 8.19.

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