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πράσσειν. The object is τὰ πρὸς τὸν Τισσαφέρνη, which is at the same time the subject of ἕξειν. ὅπῃ ἂν . . . δοκοίη . . . ἕξειν The direct narration would have ὅπῃ ἂν ὑμῖν δοκῇ ἄριστα ἕξειν. According to rule this should in indirect narration after a past tense either become ὅπῃ δοκοίη or remain ὅπῃ ἂν δοκῇ. The rule, however, by a confusion has its exceptions, if MSS. are to be trusted: see Goodwin, M. and T. § 702, and § 692, and the quotations there. The present instance, owing to the discrepant readings and the facility of corruption either way, must be put down as doubtful; vii. 48, ἐξ ὧν ἄν τις εὖ λέγων, διαβάλλοι, where all MSS. agree, is a case somewhat easier than this. Inf. c. 68, § 1, κράτωτος ἐνθυμηθῆναι γενόμενος καὶ ἃ [ἂν] γνοίη εἰπεῖν, there is considerable evidence for the omission of ἂν (see note there) and an easy explanation of its appearance. In the present instance Thucyd. may the more easily have been led to write ἂν from a confusion between ὅπῃ δοκοίη ἄριστα ἂν ἔχειν (put in the usual idiomatic order ὅπῃ ἂν δοκοίη ἄριστα ἔχειν) and ὅπῃ δοκοίη ἄριστα ἕξειν, which is its equivalent. [These instances of ἂν with relative and optative are of course to be distinguished from those in which ἂν belongs to the verb and forms an apodosis, e.g. vii. 50, διαβουλεύσασθαι ὅπως ἂν πρότερον κινηθείη.]
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