μηδαμά, “οὐδαμά” are used by the poets when the final must be short; “μηδαμῇ, οὐδαμῇ”, when it must be long. Where, as here, either form is possible, L is not a safe guide in choosing between them. The “μη”-adverb occurs 5 times in Soph.: here L has “μηδαμᾶ”: in Ph. 789 (a like case) “μηδαμῆι”. Above, 517, where “μηδαμά” is necessary, L has “μηδαμᾶ”: in 1698 (a like case), “μηδαμῆι”. The “οὐ”-adv. occurs 4 times in Soph., and L has always “οὐδαμᾶι”, which is necessary only in Ant. 874, while “οὐδαμά” is necessary ib. 830: either could stand ib. 763, Tr. 323. Thus L's perispomenon form has displaced a necessary “-ά” in 3 places, while only one place of all 9 requires the long form. “τὸ μηδαμὰ ἐλπισθὲν ἥξειν”, the generic “μή”, one which was never expected, etc.,— and which, therefore, is the more welcome. Cp. O. T. 397 “ὁ μηδὲν εἰδώς”, n. —“βαστάσαι δηλοῖ παρὰ τοῖς Ἀττικοῖς τὸ ψηλαφῆσαι” (Suidas s.v.): Eur. Alc. 917 “φιλίας ἀλόχου χέρα βαστάζων”.
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