585 The two characteristics are not a hendiadys (
pace Gutschmid 579), but their juxtaposition, which might appear odd, will be justified in what follows. “Something extraordinary” translates
θαυμασιότητά τινα, the
θαυμασ- root (see at 1.175) suggesting admiration or amazement at something marvellous or even “miraculous.” No single English term can cover the semantic range of this word, but “extraordinary” conveys the sense of something abnormal or prodigious. Lewy’s “certain gifts of magic” (1938: 206) presses the sense too far in one direction.