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[*] 254. The imperative sometimes expresses a mere assumption, where something is supposed to be true for argument's sake. E.g. “Πλούτει τε γὰρ κατ᾽ οἶκον, εἰ βούλει, μέγα, καὶ ζῆ τύρᾳννον σχῆμ᾽ ἔχων,” “i.e. grant that you are rich and live in tyrant's state (lit. be rich, etc.)” SOPH. Ant. 1168. Προσειπάτω τινὰ φιλικῶς ὅ τε ἄρχων καὶ ὁ ἰδιώτης, “suppose that both the ruler and the private man address one in a friendly way.” XEN. Hier. viii. 3.
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