Κτησάμενοι δὲ τὴν ἀρχὴν ἤρχοντο τοὺς γεωργοὺς δουλώσασθαι

netimen

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Why is δουλώσασθαι in middle voice? They started to enslave — isn't this an active meaning?


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In some cases the middle voice shows a keener effort being put in by the subject.

Smyth 1728:  "As contrasted with the active, the middle lays stress on the conscious activity, bodily or mental participation, of the agent."  1731:  "The middle may denote more vigorous participation on the part of the subject than the active."

So here:  "They began to see to the enslavement of the farmers"
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