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οὐκέτι τι ἀλλ᾽ ἄπορα νομίσαντες, i.e. οὐκέτι τι (ἄλλο) ἀλλ᾽ ἄπορα νομίσαντες, ‘no longer thinking anything (else) but that the matter (τὰ πράγματα) was an impracticable one.’ ἄλλο is not indispensable in this idiom, cf. Soph. O. T. 1331, ἔπαισεν οὔτις (sc. ἄλλος) ἀλλ᾽ ἐγώ, though it is commonly expressed. A different way of expressing the same sense would be οὐκέτι τι ἄλλ᾽ ἄπορα νομίσαντες (where ἄλλο is not to be confounded with ἀλλὰ). An alternative rendering οὐκέτι τι (πράσσουσιν), ἀλλ᾽ ἄπορα νομίσαντες . . . κομίζονται would be difficult to support by a parallel.

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