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[*] 639. In Homer πρίν does not take κέ or ἄν with the subjunctive, the form of the original parataxis being still retained (624). The examples of the subjunctive are these:— Οὐ γάρ πω καταδύσομεθ᾽ εἰς Ἀίδαο δόμους, πρὶν μόρσιμον ἦμαρ ἐπέλθῃ, we shall not yet descend to the house of Hades, until the fated day shall come. Od. x. 174. (Here, if we insert a colon after δόμους and take πρίν as an adverb, sooner than this, we have the paratactic form.) So Il. xviii. 135; Od. xiii. 335, Od. xvii. 7.In Il. xviii. 190, οὔ με πρίν γ᾽ εἴα θωρήσσεσθαι, πρίν γ᾽ αὐτὴν ἴδωμαι, she did not permit me to arm myself until I should see her, the subjunctive of direct discourse (seen in xviii. 135) is retained after a past tense. So Il. xxiv. 781.In Il. xxi. 580 a similar subjunctive has been changed to the optative (644).
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