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[*] 812. The form τὸ μὴ is more common here when the leading verb is negative, where regularly τὸ μὴ οὐ would be used, than μή for μὴ οὐ in the corresponding case (809). E.g. Οὐκ ἂν ἐσχόμην τὸ μὴ ἀποκλῇσαι τοὐμὸν ἄθλιον δέμας. SOPH. O.T. 1387. Τίς σοῦ ἀπελείφθη τὸ μή σοι ἀκολουθεῖν; i.e. who failed to follow you? XEN. Cyr. v. 1, 25. Ἄκος δ᾽ οὐδὲν ἐπήρκεσαν τὸ μὴ πόλιν μὲν ὥσπερ οὖν ἔχει παθεῖν. AESCH. Ag. 1170. Καὶ φημὶ δρᾶσαι κοὐκ ἀπαρνοῦμαι τὸ μή. SOPH. Ant. 443. Οὐδ᾽ ἄρνησις ἔστιν αὐτοῖς τὸ μὴ ταῦθ᾽ ὑπὲρ Φιλίππου πράττειν, “it is not even possible for them to deny that they did these things in the interesi of Philip.” DEM. xix. 163; so xx. 135. So perhaps we may explain τὸ μὴ ἐπιβουλεύειν in HDT. i. 209 (see § 814).
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