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Accusative: manner as satellite
ἔπλεε πρόφασιν ἐπ᾽ Ἑλλησπόντου
‘He seemed to sail to the Hellespont.’ (Hdt. 5.33)
The accusative signals a manner as a satellite.
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’.
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.