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[256] εἰκὸς ἦν The imperfect indic. of a verb denoting obligation(ἔδει, χρῆν, προσῆκεν, εἰκὸς ἦν), when joined without ἄν to an infinitive, often implies a conditional sentence with imperfect indic. in protasis and apodosis: e.g. οὐκ εἰκὸς ἦν ἐᾶν = οὐκ ἂν εἰᾶτεεἰ τὰ δέοντα ἐποιεῖτε), you would not (now) be neglecting it (if you did your duty): Xen. Mem. 2.7.10εἰ μὲν τοίνυν αἰσχρόν τι ἔμελλον ἐργάσεσθαι” [if I were now intending—as I am not], θάνατον ἀντ᾽ αὐτοῦ προαιρετέον ἦν, = προῃρούμην ἂνεἰ τὰ δέοντα ἐποίουν). Thuc. 6.78καὶ μάλιστα εἰκὸς ἦν ὑμᾶς ... προορᾶσθαι,” = προεωρᾶτε ἂν εἰ τὰ εἰκότα ἐποιεῖτε. So ἐβουλόμην, ἠξίουν, without ἄν, of that which one wishes were true, but which is not so.

οὕτως in this (careless) manner: cp. Soph. OC 1278ὡς μή μ᾽ ἄτιμον ... οὕτως ἀφῇ με”: Soph. Ant. 315, Soph. Phil. 1067.

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