μένοιμ᾽ ἄν. Among its many shades of meaning, the opt. with “ἄν” sometimes expresses; as here, what the speaker feels that he must do; cp. Ant. 1108“ὧδ᾽ ὡς ἔχω στείχοιμ᾽ ἄν” (n.). See below, Ant. 186. ἤθελον δ᾽ ἂν, as Ph. 1278, and ib. 1239 “ἂν..ἐβουλόμην”: so “ἠθέλησα” with “ἄν”, ib. 427, O. T. 1348, and “εἱλόμη<*> ἄν”, Tr. 734.For “ἤθελον” without “ἄν”, see 1400. ἐκτὸς ὢν τυχεῖν, to be clear of the peril: cp. Ph. 504“ἐκτὸς ὄντα πημάτων”: ib. 1260 “ἴσως ἂν ἐκτὸς κλαυμάτων ἔχοις πόδα”: fr. 657. 3 “ἐκτός εἰσι τῶν κακῶν”.
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