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κοὔτοιἡσσητέα: Aristoph. Lys. 450ἀτὰρ οὐ γυναικῶν οὐδέποτ᾽ ἔσθ᾽ ἡττητέα ἡμῖν”. (Cp. Milton, Samson 562 ‘Effeminately vanquished.’) Since “ἡσσᾶσθαι” is only pass., its verbal in “τέος” can be only pass.: as “ἁλωτέον” could mean only, ‘one must be taken.’ But even in other cases the verbal in “τέος” sometimes answers to the pass., not to the act., sense of the verb: as Xen. Oec. 7§ 38 “ὅταν ἐκείνη” (the queen-bee) “ἐκλίπῃ, οὐδεμία οἴεται τῶν μελιττῶν ἀπολειπτέον εἶναι, ἀλλ᾽ ἕπονται πᾶσαι”: i.e. “ὅτι δεῖ ἀπολείπεσθαι” (pass.), ‘to be left behind’: (for the stationary bees could not be said “ἀπολείπειν” the emigrant.)

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