In phrases like, we wish to be attacked by as few enemies as possible, ἐθέλομεν προσβάλλεσθαι ὑφ' ὅτι ὀλιγίστων πολεμίων, is it correct to leave out the definite article after ὅτι? I ask because, in English, it would be grammatically wrong to place a definite article inside the phrase as few enemies as possible. The word "few" (ὀλιγίστων) seems to take the place of the definite article, in the same way that the indefinite adjectives τις and τι would. If the omission is correct, is it due to the ὅτι construction?
ὅ τι (or ὅτι) is combined with a superlative adverb or a superlative adjective to mean “as X as possible”. In both cases it seems that it is never used with a definite article (see the quotations in LSJ). In the case of the adverbial usage this makes sense, and the adjectival usage is perhaps by analogy with the former.