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[917] τοῦ λέγοντος Plat. Gorg. 508dεἰμὶ δὲ ἐπὶ τῷ βουλομένῳ, ὥσπερ οἱ ἄτιμοι τοῦ ἐθέλοντος, ἄντε τύπτειν βούληται, κ.τ.λ.” —as outlaws are at the mercy of the first comer: Soph. OC 752τοὐπιόντος ἁρπάσαι”.ἢν φόβους λέγῃ has better MS. authority than εἰ λέγοι, and is also simpler: the latter would be an opt. like Soph. Aj. 520ἀνδρί τοι χρεὼν”= χρὴ μνήμην προσεῖναι, τερπνὸν εἴ τί που πάθοι: cp. Soph. Aj. 1344: Soph. Ant. 666. But the statement of abstract possibility is unsuitable here. εἰ ... λέγῃ has still less to commend it.

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