Louis L Sorenson wrote:This sentence was written with English word order assumed (imoho).
I agree with Louis.
From the textbook by Ann H. Groton pg. 31:
"When ὥρα is combined with an infinitive
, you will very often find that the sentence appears to have no main verb. Actually it is just that the speaker has chosen to leave out the word for "is," assuming that you will supply it. The best way to translate the idiom into English is to begin with "it is" ("it is the hour to..." or, more simply, "it is time to...") The person who is expected to do the action is put into the accusative
or the dative
case, depending on the speaker's point of view (see note above on κελεύω). Example: ὥρα τὴν θεράπαιναν [or τῇ θεραπαίνῃ] θύειν ("it is time for the maid to offer sacrifice")."
Her focus seems to be on the ellipsis.I would use her example as a guide as to who offers sacrifices. I don't think she was deliberately creating an ambiguous sentence.