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[68] ηὕρισκον “could find” (impf.). Attic inscriptions of the t=h or early t/h cent. B.C. support the temporal augment in the historical tenses of εὑρίσκω (Meisterhans, Gram. Att. Inschr., p. 78). Our best MS. of Soph. (L), however, preserves no trace of it, except in Soph. Ant. 406 (see cr. n. there). Curtius (Curt. Verb. 1.139, Eng. tr. 93) thinks that, while the omission of the syllabic augment was an archaic and poetical license, that of the temporal was “a sacrifice to convenience of articulation, and was more or less common to all periods”: so that εἴκαζον could exist in Attic by the side of ᾔκαζον, εὕρισκον by the side of ηὕρισκον.

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