A Remark On the Use of the Imperfect and the Aorist in Herodotus

A Remark On the Use of the Imperfect and the Aorist in Herodotus A REMARK ON THE USE OF THE IMPERFECT AND THE AORIST IN HERODOTUS BY W. F. BAKKER In an article of some years ago Salmon made the following remark 1) : "Un imparfait, introduisant un discours, est le plus souvent accompagne d'un demonstratif ; au contraire, un aoriste, dans ce cas, ne comporte generalement pas de complement". He had reached this conclusion by studying all the verb-forms introducing direct speech in the first hundred chapters of the first book of Herodotus. There he found eight imperfects and three aorists 2) accompanied by a demonstrative pronoun, and five imperfects and eighteen aorists without one. This, he said, meant a proportion of 3 to I (without a demonstrative: 18/5; with a demonstrative: 8/3). Salmon continued: "Si 1'auteur emploie un demonstratif, c'est qu'il desire attirer specialement 1'attention du lecteur sur ce qui va suivre. Ainsi donc, la presence du demonstratif rattache la phrase qui le renferme bien plus a ce qui suit qu'a ce qui precede. Pour l'auteur, donc, 1'essentiel est le discours direct lui-meme, c'est-a-dire le developpement de l'action marquee par le verbe declaratif. Des lors, il est normal d'employer l'imparfait". As in the opposite case the direct speech can http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Mnemosyne Brill

A Remark On the Use of the Imperfect and the Aorist in Herodotus

Mnemosyne , Volume 21 (1): 22 – Jan 1, 1968

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© 1968 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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A REMARK ON THE USE OF THE IMPERFECT AND THE AORIST IN HERODOTUS BY W. F. BAKKER In an article of some years ago Salmon made the following remark 1) : "Un imparfait, introduisant un discours, est le plus souvent accompagne d'un demonstratif ; au contraire, un aoriste, dans ce cas, ne comporte generalement pas de complement". He had reached this conclusion by studying all the verb-forms introducing direct speech in the first hundred chapters of the first book of Herodotus. There he found eight imperfects and three aorists 2) accompanied by a demonstrative pronoun, and five imperfects and eighteen aorists without one. This, he said, meant a proportion of 3 to I (without a demonstrative: 18/5; with a demonstrative: 8/3). Salmon continued: "Si 1'auteur emploie un demonstratif, c'est qu'il desire attirer specialement 1'attention du lecteur sur ce qui va suivre. Ainsi donc, la presence du demonstratif rattache la phrase qui le renferme bien plus a ce qui suit qu'a ce qui precede. Pour l'auteur, donc, 1'essentiel est le discours direct lui-meme, c'est-a-dire le developpement de l'action marquee par le verbe declaratif. Des lors, il est normal d'employer l'imparfait". As in the opposite case the direct speech can

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Published: Jan 1, 1968

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