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Apo koinou
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(σχῆμα ἀπὸ κοινοῦ ‘a figure created through what is common’, cf. Apoll. Dysk. syntax 122,14). Unlike the ancient [1; 3.5-9] imprecise understanding of this, still common today [2], as a generally one-off formation of an element common to two sentences (or clauses) ( Ellipse,  Zeugma), apo koinou is now understood to mean ‘the logical and grammatical-syntactic relationship between one sentence element and two others’ [3.12]. The element that is used several times usually stands between the affected units. Examples: εὕδει δ' ἀνὰ σκάπτῳ Διὸς αἰετός (Pind. Pyth. 1,…

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Plath, Robert (Erlangen), “Apo koinou”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 27 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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