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[*] 650. In sentences with πρίν we sometimes have a subjunctive depending on an optative with ἄν, as in conditional relative sentences (556). E.g. Οὐκ ἂν αἰῶν᾽ ἐκμάθοις βροτῶν, πρὶν ἂν θάνῃ τις, you cannot fully understand the life of mortals, until one dies. SOPH. Tr. 2. Οὐκ ἂν ἀπέλθοιμι πρὶν παντάπασιν ἡ ἀγορὰ λυθῇ. XEN. Oec. xii. 1. Ἢ λέγοιμεν ἄν τι ἀληθὲς, οὐ μὴν σαφές γε οὐδὲ τέλεον πρὶν αὖ (?) καὶ ταύτας αὐτῆς πάσας περιέλωμεν; PLAT. Polit. 281D. The leading verb here has merely the effect of a future form on the clause with πρίν.
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