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τὸ δ̓ refers to “λύσιν τελεῖσθαι”: ‘but that (the promised release) was, it seems, only my death.’ Cp. Plat. Rep. 357Aἐγὼ μὲν οὖν...ὤμην λόγου ἀπηλλάχθαι: τὸ δ᾽ ἦν ἄρα, ὡς ἔοικε, προοίμιον.— θανεῖν”: for the simple aor. inf., though the ref. is to the future, cp. Soph. Ph.503παθεῖν” (n.).

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