From: Carl W. Conrad (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Jun 21 2001 - 13:37:33 EDT
At 11:30 AM -0400 6/21/01, Mike Sangrey wrote:
> hHMEIS DE PANTES ANAKEKALUMMENWi PROSWPWi THN DOXAN KURIOU KATOPTRIZOMENOI
> THN AUTHN EIKONA METAMORFOUMEQA APO DOXHS EIS DOXAN, KAQAPER APO KURIOU
>Could HMEIS DE PANTES mean "We all (thought of as a group) ...?
Yes. In this instance PANTES qualifies hHMEIS "predicatively"--or I might
say, "adverbially" (although such description doesn't seem to please some
descriptive linguists). So hHMEIS PANTES means something like "without
exception we ..."
>Or should it mean "We all (thought of as individuals) ...?
When a Hellenistic author wants to emphasize the distributive qualification
s/he will probably write hHMEIS hEKASTOI, "we each of us individually ..."
where the hEKASTOI is perhaps OVER-emphasized. Nevertheless, when the
emphasis rests upon individual members of a group carrying out and action
or being in such-and-such a state, hEKASTOS may be used with a singular
verb, or hEKASTOI with a plural verb.
>What is the basis for determining the one or the other?
I hope that answers the question.
Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics/Washington University
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