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[1525] Here, as elsewhere, the MSS. fluctuate betweenᾔδει andᾔδη. The Atticᾔδη, as first pers. sing., is contracted from ᾔδεα: in the third, the classical form was not ᾔδη but ᾔδει, or, before a vowel, ᾔδειν (as it must be in Eur. Ion 1187, Aristoph. Peace 1182 etc.). No 3rd sing. in εα, from which η could come, is said, or can be supposed, to have existed. Aristarchus, indeed, is quoted by the schol. on Hom. Il. 5.64 in favour of the η. But the Doric 3rd sing. ἀπολώλη in Tab. Heracl. 1.39 is the only such form which is beyond question. Curtius (Curt. Verb 11.237, Eng. tr. 431 ff.) therefore agrees with those textual critics who, like La Roche, Cobet, and Kontos Λόγιος Ἑρμῆς p. 61) would always write the 3rd sing. ᾔδει (or ᾔδειν). ᾔδει αἰνίγματα (plur. with reference to the hexameter ἔπη in which it was chanted) = knew instinctively, by the intuition of genius: in Eur. Phoen. 1759 the adapter of this verse has altered ᾔδει (perhaps by a slip of memory) to the more natural but less forcible ἔγνω, “read aright,” solved.

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