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632.Early Poets.) Πρίν with the indicative does not occur in the Iliad or Odyssey, except in πρίν γ᾽ ὅτε (see 636). The first case of simple πρίν with the indicative is Hymn. Py. Ap. 178,ὃς τῇ γ᾽ ἀντιάσειε, φέρεσκέ γέ μιν αἴσιμον ἦμαρ, πρίν γέ οἱ ἰὸν ἐφῆκεν Ἀπόλλων” , i.e. every one was slain, until Apollo sent an arrow at the monster. Three cases occur in Pindar: Ol. ix. 57, xiii. 65; Nem. iv. 28. The last is the first case of πρίν with the indicative after a negative sentence. These are the only cases before the Attic writers.

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