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Genitive: degree/measure as predicate NP


τὰ τείχη ἦν σταδίων ὀκτώ

‘The walls were eight towns long.’ (Thuc. 4.66)

The genitive signals a degree or measure (in space, time etc.) as a predicate NP.

Example Sentences: 

ὅτε δὲ ἀπέθνῃσκεν ἦν ἐτῶν ὡς τριάκοντα

When [Proxenus of Boeotia] died, he was about thirty years old.

Βαβύλων ... κέεται ἐν πεδίῳ μεγάλῳ, μέγαθος ἐοῦσα μέτωπον ἕκαστον εἴκοσι καὶ ἑκατὸν σταδίων

Babylon lies in a great plain and is one hundred and twenty towns on each side. [provisional translation]

ὁ δ' ἀναλαβὼν τὰ στρατόπεδα καὶ τὸν υἱὸν Ἀννίβαν, ὄντα τότε κατὰ τὴν ἡλικίαν ἐτῶν ἐννέα [...]

NO DUTCH TRANSLATION [provisional translation]

τίς οὖν ἱστόρηκεν ἐκ Λυκίας ἢ Ῥόδου δευτεραῖόν τινα ἀφιγμένον εἰς Ἀλεξάνδρειαν, ὄντος τοῦ διαστήματος σταδίων τετρακισχιλίων;

Who has ever related that anyone reached Alexandria in two days from Lycia or Rhodes, given that the distance is one of four thousand stadia?