Monday 13 October 2014

A non-singular personal name: plural for dual

Plutarch, Moralia 335A (de Alexandri Magni fortuna aut virtute) reads:

ὧν ὁ μὲν ἔγραψε τὸν κεραυνοφόρον οὕτως ἐναργῶς καὶ κεκραμένως, ὥστε λέγειν ὅτι δυοῖν Ἀλεξάνδρων ὁ μὲν Φιλίππου γέγονεν ἀνίκητος, ὁ δ᾿ Ἀπελλοῦ ἀμίμητος.
The former painted “Alexander wielding the Thunderbolt” so vividly and with so natural an expression, that men said that, of the two Alexanders, Alexander, son of Philip, was invincible, but the Alexander of Apelles was inimitable. [The Teubner edn. has δυεῖν.]

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