Date: Sun Nov 07 1999 - 02:12:08 EST
The final sentence in Hermas Vis. I.i.3 is clear in its purport, but obscure
in one point. Why does a verb in the subjunctive mood surface in a steady
stream of indicatives? The outline of the sentence is DIABAS . . . TON
POTAMON . . . HLQON EIS TA OMALA KAI TIQW TA GONATA KAI HRXAMHN PROSEUCESQAI.
When I checked Lake's translation, I found that he paid the subjunctive no
attention at all. I will appreciate any helpful comments on this puzzle or
directions to the relevant grammar-books.
Dan Monroe, Latin/Greek teacher
Marshfield High School
Coos Bay, Oregon
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