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εἴτ᾽ ἔνδον εἴτ᾽ οὐκ ἔνδον. Either “οὐ” or “μή” can be used in an indirect question introduced by “εἰ”: Plat. Gorg. 462 Dἐρωτᾷς εἰ οὐ καλή μοι δοκεῖ εἶναι”: Theaet. 163 Dβουλόμενος ἐρέσθαι εἰ..μὴ οἶδεν”. The same rule holds when the indirect question is alternative (‘whether...or not’), and the second part of it is introduced by “εἴτε” (as here), or by “”. Plat. Crat. 425 Bεἴτε κατὰ τρόπον κεῖται εἴτε μή, οὕτω θεᾶσθαι”: Rep. 451 Dσκοπῶμεν εἰ ἡμῖν πρέπει οὔ”. When a writer uses “μή” in one such question, and then “οὐ” in another, the motive of the change may be his wish to mark (by “οὐ”) a negative fact (or what he conceives as such): Antiphon or. 5 § 14οὐ δεῖ ὑμᾶς ἐκ τῶν τοῦ κατηγόρου λόγων τοὺς νόμους καταμανθάνειν, εἰ καλῶς ὑμῖν κεῖνται μή, ἀλλ᾽ ἐκ τῶν νόμων τοὺς τοῦ κατηγόρου λόγους, εἰ ὀρθῶς καὶ νομίμως ὑμᾶς διδάσκει τὸ πρᾶγμα οὔ”.

ἐκφέρει: schol. “εἰς τέλος ἐξάγει”: ‘brings out,’ as from a labyrinth, to the desired goal. Cp. O. C. 98ἐξήγαγ᾽ εἰς τόδ᾽ ἄλσος”, (your guidance) ‘hath led me home to this grove.’ Plat. Phaedo p. 66 Bκινδυνεύει τοι ὥσπερ ἀτραπός τις ἐκφέρειν ἡμᾶς”.

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    • Antiphon, On the murder of Herodes, 14
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    • Plato, Phaedo, 66b
    • Plato, Cratylus, 425b
    • Plato, Theaetetus, 163d
    • Plato, Gorgias, 462d
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 98
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