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γὰρ θάνῃς σὺκ.τ.λ.” The reason for preferring Bothe's to εἰ is that it brings out her thought with greater force: the last day of his life will be the first of her misery. There is no objection to “εἰ” with the subjunctive, even in trimeters; cp. O. C. 1443εἴ σου στερηθῶ”, and see O.T. 198 n. Either “εἰ” or “” would have been written EI by Sophocles.

ἀφῇς, sc.με”: but it is needless to write “μ᾽ ἀφῇς” with Brunck. For the omission of the pron. in acc., cp. Ph. 801ἔμπρησον” (‘burn me’): ib. 769 “ἕκηλον εὕδειν” (sc.αὐτόν”): ib. 1368 “πέμψον” (sc.με”): O.T. 461 “κἂν λάβῃς ἐψευσμένον”.—For the sense of “ἀφῇς”, cp. Ant. 887ἄφετε μόνην, ἔρημον”: Her. 8. 70ἀπέντες τὴν ἑωυτῶν ἀφύλακτον”.

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    • Herodotus, Histories, 8.70
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