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Accusative: manner as satellite

Syntactical Level

ἔπλεε πρόφασιν ἐπ᾽ Ἑλλησπόντου

‘He seemed to sail to the Hellespont.’ (Hdt. 5.33)

The accusative signals a manner as a satellite.

Lexical usage

This usage is frequent:

  • with neuter pronouns: τι ‘in one way or another’, τοῦτο ‘in that way’;
  • in specific fixed expressions: ἀμφότερα ‘in both ways’, δίκην (+ gen.) ‘in the manner (of)’, πάντα τὸν τρόπον ‘in every way’, πρόφασιν ‘ostensibly’, τὴν ταχίστην ‘as quickly as possible’, τοῦτον τὸν τρόπον ‘in that way’.
Example Sentences: 

ἄλλο γλαὺξ, ἄλλο κορώνη φθέγγεται.

An owl makes a different sound than a fox. ֍

ἔγνωσαν καὶ αὐτοὶ τὴν ταχίστην ἐπ’ αὐτοὺς ὅπλα κινεῖν

They decided to take up arms against them as quickly as possible. ֍

τί δὲ μέλλω φρένα Δίαν

καθορᾶν, ὄψιν ἄβυσσον;

How shall I begin to explore the mind of Zeus, an unfathomable sight?

ἐνιαυτὸν μὲν οὖν καὶ μῆνας ὀκτὼ τοῦτον διήγομεν τὸν τρόπον.

In this way, then, we spent a year and eight months.