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618.Ἄχρι and μέχρι.) Ἄχρι and μέχρι, until, are used like ἕως, but chiefly in prose and in later Greek. E.g. Καὶ ταῦτα ἐποίουν μέχρι σκότος ἐγένετο, “until darkness came on.” XEN. An. iv. 2, 4 ; so iii. 4, XEN. An. 8. Εἱστήκει μέχρι ἕως ἐγένετο. PLAT. Symp. 220D.

Μέχρι δ᾽ ἂν ἐγὼ ἥκω, αἱ σπονδαὶ μενόντων, but until I come, let the truce remain. XEN. An. ii. 3, 24 ; so i. 4, XEN. An. 13. Εἶπε τοῖς προφύλαξι κελεύειν τοὺς κήρυκας περιμένειν ἄχρι ἂν σχολάσῃ, “to wait until he should find leisure.” Ib. ii. 3, Ib. 2. Μέχρι δὲ τοῦτο ἴδωμεν, μενέομεν παρ᾽ ἡμῖν αὐτοῖσι, but until we see this, we shall remain by ourselves. HDT. iv. 119 (for the omission of ἄν see 620). Herodotus prefers the form with οὗ (619).

Ἄχρι is much less common in this sense than μέχρι. The forms ἄχρις and μέχρις are not used by the best writers.

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