εἴ τις … κτείνοι, should attempt to slay; cp. Od. 16.432 “παῖδά τ᾽ ἀποκτείνεις”, “"and art seeking to slay his son"”: Antiph. or. 5 § 7 “ὅταν δ᾽ ἄνευ κινδύνων τι διαπράσσωνται”, are seeking to effect. (For the parallel use of the imperf., see 274.) The optat. in putting the imaginary case, as 776: cp. on 927. αὐτίκα (not, “"for instance,"” but) with ἐνθάδε, at this moment and on this spot, cp. “nunc iam ilico” (Ter. Ad. 2. 1. 2). τὸν δίκ.: for the ironical article cp. Ant. 31 “τὸν ἀγαθὸν Κρέοντα”.
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