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737. Ὡς, used as in 726, often precedes ὤφελον etc. in Homer, and rarely in the Attic poets. E.g. Ἤλυθες ἐκ πολέμου; ὡς ὤφελες αὐτόθ᾽ ὀλέσθαι, “would you had perished there.” Il. iii. 428. Ὡς δὴ μὴ ὄφελον νικᾶν τοιῷδ᾽ ἐπ᾽ ἀέθλῳ, “O that I had not been victorious in such a contest.” Od. xi. 548. Ὡς ὤφελλ᾽ Ἑλένης ἀπὸ φῦλον ὀλέσθαι. Od. xiv. 68.So Il. iii. 173, Il. xxii. 481. Ὡς πρὶν διδάξαι γ᾽ ὤφελες μέσος διαρραγῆναι, “would that you had split in two before you ever taught it.” AR. Ran. 955.

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