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[319] ἔμπορος, ‘a passenger.’ This meaning is brought out in Od.24. 300 ἔμπορος εἰλήλουθας νηὸς ἐπ᾽ ἀλλοτρίης”. Nitzsch remarks that though in later Greek “ἔμπορος” stands generally for a ‘merchant,’ yet the idea of travel connected with it sufficiently marks it off from “κάπηλος”. Cp. Plato, de R. P.371Bκαὶ δὴ καὶ τῶν ἄλλων διακόνων που τῶν τε εἰσαξόντων καὶ ἐξαξόντων ἕκαστα [δεῖ ἡμῖν]. οὗτοι δέ εἰσιν ἔμποροι. γάρ; Ναί. Καὶ ἐμπόρων ἅμα δεησόμεθα. Πάνυ γε. Καὶ ἐὰν μέν γε κατὰ θάλατταν ἐμπορία γίγνηται, συχνῶν καὶ ἄλλων προσδεήσεται τῶν ἐπιστημόνων τῆς περὶ τὴν θάλατταν ἐργασίας”.

οὐ γὰρ νηὸς ἐπήβολοςγίγνομαι, ‘for I am not to obtain;’ ‘I am not to become possessed of.’ This is the force of “γίγνομαι”. An emphasis is thrown on “ὔμμιν”, as Telemachus implies ironically that ‘of course the decision rests with you;’ though you are, some of you, strangers, and I the king's son.

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