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Preposition ἐπί with the dative: value/price


ἀλλ’ ἔγωγ’ Ὀπούντιος | οὐκ ἂν γενοίμην ἐπὶ ταλάντῳ χρυσίου

‘But I would not (want to) become an Opuntian even for a talent of gold.’ (Aristoph. Birds 153-154)

The preposition ἐπί with the genitive signals a value or price.

Example Sentences: 

ἢ αὖ Ὀρφεῖ συγγενέσθαι καὶ Μουσαίῳ καὶ Ἡσιόδῳ καὶ Ὁμήρῳ ἐπὶ πόσῳ ἄν τις δέξαιτ᾽ ἂν ὑμῶν;

Or how much would you be willing to pay to meet Orpheus, Mousaios, Hesiodos and Homeros? [provisional translation]

ἔνιοι δέ φασιν, οὐχ Ἱππόνικον, ἀλλὰ Καλλίαν, τὸν υἱὸν αὐτοῦ, δοῦναι τῷ Ἀλκιβιάδῃ τὴν Ἱππαρέτην ἐπὶ δέκα ταλάντοις

But some sources claim that it was not Hipponicus, but his son Callias who gave Hipparete in marriage to Alcibiades for a dowry of ten talents.