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γὰρ, merely prefatory ( O. T. 277 n.).

ἱκόμην, followed by the historic pres. “χρῇ”: cp. 425.

μάθοιμ̓: the elision gives quasi-caesura, as in Ant. 44, Ph. 276, etc.

ἀροίμην, opt. of 2nd aor. “ἠρόμην” ( Ant. 907, Ai. 247). The direct deliberative form is “τίνι τρόπῳ ἄρωμαι”; The indirect, (a) after a primary tense, “ἱκνοῦμαι ὡς ἂν μάθω ὅτῳ ἄρωμαι”: (b) after a secondary tense, as above. Cp. O. T. 71 f. “ὡς πύθοιθ᾽ τι” | “δρῶν...ῥυσαίμην πόλιν” (n.). It is also possible to take “ἀροίμην” as opt. of fut. “ἀροῦμαι”: but it may be objected that, in such clauses, the fut. indic. was commonly retained, even after a secondary tense (cp. Goodwin, Moods and Tenses, new ed., §§ 130, 340). —For the sense, ‘win,’ ‘achieve,’ cp. Ai. 193, O. C. 460.

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