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617.Ἔστε.) Ἔστε, until, is not found in Homer, but is used like ἕως in tragedy, in Attic prose (especially in Xenophon), and in Herodotus. E.g. Χρόνον τάδ᾽ ἦν τοσοῦτον, ἔστ᾽ ἐν αἰθέρι μέσῳ κατέστη λαμπρὸς ἡλίου κύκλος καὶ καῦμ᾽ ἔθαλπε. SOPH. Ant. 415: so SOPH. El. 753; AESCH. Prom. 457. Ξυνεῖρον ἀπιόντες, ἔστε ἐπὶ ταῖς σκηναῖς ἐγένοντο, they marched away without stopping, until they came to the tents. XEN. Cyr. vii. 5, 6 ; so XEN. An. iii. 4, 49.

Τὴν παροῦσαν ἀντλήσω τύχην, ἔστ᾽ ἂν Διὸς φρόνημα λωφήσῃ χόλουAESCH. Prom. 375 ; so 697. Ἄφθογγον εἶναι τὸν παλαμναῖον νόμος, ἔστ᾽ ἂν σφαγαὶ καθαιμάξωσι, “it is the law that the murderer shall be speechless until streams of blood have been poured upon him.” Id. Eum. 448. Αὐτοῦ τῇδε μενέομεν ἔστ᾽ ἂν καὶ τελευτήσωμεν. HDT. vii. 141. Περιμένετε ἔστ᾽ ἂν ἐγὼ ἔλθω. XEN. An. v. 1, 4.

Ἐπιμεῖναι κελεύσαντες ἔστε βουλεύσαιντο, ἐθύοντο, bidding them wait until they had consulted, they made sacrifice. An. v. 5, An. 2. (Ἔστ᾽ ἂν βουλεύσωνται might have been retained from the direct form, as in the next example.) Ἀπεκρίνατο φυλάττειν αὐτὰ, ἔστ᾽ ἂν αὐτὸς ἐλθὼν λάβῃ τὰ δῶρα, “until he should come and take the gifts.” Hell. iii. 1, Hell. 15.So An. vii. 1, An. 33; HDT. viii. 4.

Ὁπότε ὥρα εἴη ἀρίστου, ἀνέμενεν αὐτοὺς ἔστε ἐμφάγοιέν τι, ὡς μὴ βουλιμιῷεν, “he always waited until they had eaten something.” XEN. Cyr. viii. 1, 44.

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