[*] 128. The future optative is used chiefly in indirect discourse after past tenses, to represent a future indicative of the direct form. Even here the future indicative is generally retained (670, b). E.g.
- “Ὑπειπὼν τἄλλα ὅτι αὐτὸς τἀκεῖ πράξοι, ᾤχετο,” “having suggested as to what remained, that he would himself attend to things there, he departed.” THUC. i. 90. (Here πράξοι represents πράξω of the direct discourse, for which we might have πράξει in the indirect form. See, in the same chapter, ἀποκρινάμενοι ὅτι πέμψουσιν, having replied that they would send, where πέμψοιεν might have been used.)
- “Εἴ τινα φεύγοντα λήψοιτο, προηγόρευεν ὅτι ὡς πολεμίῳ χρήσοιτο” XEN. Cyr. iii. 1, 3. (Here the announcement was εἴ τινα λήψομαι, ὡς πολεμίῳ χρήσομαι.)
- “Ἔλεγεν ὅτι ἕτοιμος εἴη ἡγεῖσθαι αὐτοῖς εἰς τὸ Δέλτα, ἔνθα πολλὰ λήψοιντο” XEN. An. vii. 1, 33. (He said ἕτοιμός εἰμι . . . ἔνθα λήψεσθε.)