A Perfect Example of Thucydides’ use of Preposition with a Genitive

Today’s “Perfect Example Of” comes once again from Thucydides’ Book II of The Peloponnesian War. This comes from an indirect speech of Pericles recorded by Thucydides. Thucydides likes to place between a preposition and its genitive another dependent genitive.

…λέγων τὴν ἰσχὺν αὐτοῖς ἀπὸ τούτων εἶναι τῶν χρημάτων τῆς προσόδου

My translation:

…saying to them that their strength was in the offering of monies….

 

So here’s a visual of what’s going on:

Thucydides does this elsewhere in Book I.32 where he has a preposition separated from its genitive by another dependent genitive:

μετὰ τῆς ξυμμαχίας τῆς αἰτήσεως

Which I translate as:

After the request of their ally…

Also, notice that Thucydides often uses ξ instead of σ in words like συν and compounds that have that as a prefix.

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