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L'INFINITIF †ΕΥΘΕΝΕΙΣΘΑΙ† AU § 231 DU DISCOURS SUR LES FORFAITURES DE L'AMBASSADE DE DÉMOSTHÈNE : PROPOSITION DE CORRECTION

David-Artur Daix 1, 2
1 Cultures de l’écrit
AOROC - Archéologie et Philologie d'Orient et d'Occident : UMR 85-46
Abstract : In his edition of Demosthenes' On the False Embassy, Henri Weil notes that at § 231, the infinitive εὐθενεῖσθαι, though it is found in the best manuscripts, doesn't produce the correct meaning, because the whole clause is built upon the strong opposition between Aeschines and his co-conspirators on the one hand, and Demosthenes on the other, which the corrupt officials' disappearance from the expression "the city was prosperous" brings to an end. However, the consequences of that analysis were not felt directly in the printed text of the speech until S.H. Butcher obelized the verb in his own edition. Neither K. Fuhr nor G. Mathieu followed his lead, but the two most recent editors of Demosthenes, D.M. MacDowell and M.R. Dilts do not hesitate any longer to condemn the transmitted text. Yet, until today, none of the suggested corrections allow for both Weil's objections to be answered and the corruption of the text, which produced the form †εὐθενεῖσθαι† instead, to be explained convincingly. The aim of this article is to solve that problem by offering a solution paleographically, morphologically and semantically satisfying.
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David-Artur Daix. L'INFINITIF †ΕΥΘΕΝΕΙΣΘΑΙ† AU § 231 DU DISCOURS SUR LES FORFAITURES DE L'AMBASSADE DE DÉMOSTHÈNE : PROPOSITION DE CORRECTION. Revue des Etudes Grecques, [Paris]: [Association pour l'encouragement des études grecques en France], 2020, 132 (2), pp.341-365. ⟨hal-02497624⟩

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