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Further Thoughts on the Syntax of Il. 5.265-269

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In response to a recent article by P. Probert on the same passage, it is argued that we need not assume that Il. 5.265-269 obliquely refers to an otherwise unknown ‘stud farm’ of Zeus if we want to maintain that the phenomenon of attractio relativi is only attested in post-Homeric times. The relative pronoun ἧς on which Probert’s reading is based should rather be understood as representing either a ‘descriptive’ genitive or, even more likely, an early instance of the genitive of price.

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