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[*] 308. It was a simple and natural step to extend the construction thus established to present and past objects of fear, although we cannot assume for the primitive language such independent indicatives with μή as we find later (see 269). In Homer we find “δείδω μὴ θεὰ νημερτέα εἶπεν,” “I fear that the Goddess spoke the truth” (Od. v. 300) . This use was greatly extended in Attic Greek (see 369).
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