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Source: Book 1, Lines 258-260, The Odyssey, by Homer, translated by Robert Fitzgerald,

The gods decreed
no lack of honor in this generation:
such is the son Penélopê bore in you.

Does this mean the following:

The son is an example that shows that the Gods decreed no lack of honor?

Is this "such" the same as "I don't know such."?

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"such is the son" means "that is what the son is like".

So

The gods decreed no lack of honor in this generation: such is the son Penélopê bore in you.

means

  • The gods decreed no lack of honor in this generation
  • The son Penélopê bore in you (who, we assume, is of this generation) has no lack of honour
  • So this is an inversion sentence? – user2492 Jan 24 '14 at 14:12
  • I believe so, yes. – starsplusplus Jan 24 '14 at 14:15
  • Or to be more precise, the clause after the colon is inverted. The clause before it is normal. – starsplusplus Jan 24 '14 at 14:16
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"such is the son" : just like the son

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