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699. V. Past causal sentences in which the cause is stated as one assigned by another, so far as these allow the optative (714). E.g. Ἐκάκιζον ὅτι στρατηγὸς ὢν οὐκ ἐπεξάγοι, they abused him because (as they said) he did not lead them out. THUC. ii. 21.See other examples under 714.

Though the optative is allowed here, on the principle of indirect discourse, the indicative of the direct form (e.g. ἐπεξάγει in the above example) seems not to have been allowed (see 715). Causal sentences are usually constructed without reference to the principle of indirect discourse (see 713).

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