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φέρεμάθῃς, L's reading, presents an unexampled construction. Elsewhere the subjunctive after “φέρε” occurs only in the first person, sing., as 1452, Nub. 787 “φέρ᾽ ἴδω”: or plur., as id. Vesp. 1516 “φέρε νυν...ξυγχωρήσωμεν”. On the other hand, “φέρ᾽ εἰπέ” occurs eight times in Soph. (433; Soph. O. T. 390, Soph. O. T. 536, Soph. O. T. 1142: Soph. Ant. 534: Soph. El. 310, Soph. El. 376: Soph. Tr. 890). In Her. 4. 127φέρετε, τούτους ἀνευρόντες συγχέειν πειρᾶσθε αὐτούς”, the 2nd verb is imperat., not subj. If “φέρε...μάθῃς” be retained, it can be defended only as an irregular equivalent for “φέρε...φράσω” or the like (cp. Her. 2. 14φέρε δὲ νῦν καὶ αὐτοῖσι Αἰγυπτίοισι ὡς ἔχει φράσω”).

Several recent editors (see cr. n.) cut the knot by reading μάθε. It is, however, improbable that, if μάθε had been the genuine reading—giving so plain a construction—it would have been corrupted to the unparalleled μάθῃς. A more attractive conjecture is Seyffert's κἂνμάθοις. If κἂν had once become καὶ (a most easy change), then μάθοις might have been altered to μάθῃς by a postclassical corrector. For the optat. with “ἄν” in courteous proposal or request, cp. 674: El. 637κλύοις ἂν ἤδη”.

τὸ τῆς νήσου, its case, condition: cp. Thuc. 8. 89οὐκ ἐδόκει μόνιμον τὸ τῆς ὀλιγαρχίας ἔσεσθαι”: Legg. 712 D “τὸ γὰρ τῶν ἐφόρων...τυραννικὸν...γέγονε”: id. Gorg. 450C “τὸ τῆς τέχνης”: Eur. Alc. 785τὸ τῆς τύχης”. Hence τὰ is a needless conjecture.

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  • Commentary references from this page (14):
    • Euripides, Alcestis, 785
    • Herodotus, Histories, 2.14
    • Herodotus, Histories, 4.127
    • Plato, Gorgias, 450
    • Sophocles, Antigone, 534
    • Sophocles, Electra, 310
    • Sophocles, Electra, 376
    • Sophocles, Electra, 637
    • Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, 1142
    • Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, 390
    • Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, 536
    • Sophocles, Philoctetes, 674
    • Thucydides, Histories, 8.89
    • Sophocles, Trachiniae, 890
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