γνωτὰ κοὐκ ἀγνῶτα The emphasis of this formula sometimes appears to deprecate an opposite impression in the mind of the hearer: “known, and not （as you perhaps think） unknown.” Hom. Il. 3.59 “ἐπεί με κατ᾽ αἶσαν ἐνείκεσας οὐδ᾽ ὑπὲρ αἶσαν,” duly, and not, —as you perhaps expect me to say, —unduly. Hdt. 3.25 “ἐμμανής τε ἐὼν καὶ οὐ φρενήρης”— being mad, —for it must be granted that no man in his right mind would have acted thus. Soph. OC 397 “βαιοῦ κοὐχὶ μυρίου χρόνου,” soon, and not after such delay as thy impatience might fear.
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