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21. 20. ἐπὶ τόso 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 βελτίονες.

23. ὄντα—agreeing with the implied object of ξυνέθεσαν τὰ πολλά is in limiting apposition to this object, and αὐτῶν depends on τὰ πολλά.

24. ἀπίστωςso 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 of 21.1.

[2] 27. καὶ πόλεμος—Thuc. having ascertained, as clearly as is possible, the small importance of earlier undertakings, now returns to the Pel. War, which, to all who judge it in the light of the facts, will be found to have proved more important than they (τὰ παλαιά).

28. ἐν while

3. δηλώσει—with partic., as in 2.50 ἐδήλωσε ... ἄλλο τι ὄν. Cf. 5.9 δείξω οὐ παραινέσαι οἷός τε ὤν. Cf. Jebb on Soph. Ant. 20.

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    • Sophocles, Antigone, 20
    • Thucydides, Histories, 1.21.1
    • Thucydides, Histories, 2.50
    • Thucydides, Histories, 5.9
    • William Watson Goodwin, Syntax of the Moods and Tenses of the Greek Verb, 781
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