εἰ καὶ μὴ κλύεις “if indeed ... ,”implying that he probably has heard it. Soph. Aj. 1127 “δεινόν γ᾽ εἶπας, εἰ καὶ ζῇς θανών.” On εἰ καί and καὶ εἰ see Appendix. Others would render, “if you have not heard from the messengers also,”supposing it to be a hyperbaton for εἰ μὴ κλύεις καὶ τῶν ἀγγέλων. This is impossible. Prof. Campbell compares Thuc. 5.45 “καὶ ἢν ἐς τὸν δῆμον ταῦτα λέγωσιν,” as if put for ἢν καὶ ἐς τὸν δῆμον: but there the passage runs thus; （Spartan envoys had been pleading with effect before the Athenian Βουλή:） —τὸν Ἀλκιβιάδην ἐφόβουν μὴ καί, ἢν ἐς τὸν δῆμον ταὐτὰ λέγωσιν, ἐπαγάγωνται τὸ πλῆθος καὶ ἀπωσθῇ ἡ Ἀργείων συμμαχία: where the καί before ἤν goes with ἐπαγάγωνται. Some adopt the conj. εἴ τι μή, “unless perchance”: for τι so used, see below 969, Soph. OC 1450, Soph. Trach. 586, 712: but no change is required. —For the pres. κλύεις, cp. Soph. Phil. 261.
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