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[138] μεῖναι. From the negative “οὐ χρεώ ἐστι”, we must supply the corresponding affirmative “χρεώ ἐστι” = ‘it is possible,’ or rather ‘all that is needful is.’ Cp. Od.18. 145ὃν οὐκέτι φημὶ φίλων καὶ πατρίδος αἴης

δηρὸν ἀπέσσεσθαι, μάλα δὲ σχεδόν”, sc. “εἶναί φημι”.

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