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132. No case is quoted of the future optative in a pure final clause, except a peculiar one with μή in PLAT. Rep. 393 E:Ἀγαμέμνων ἠγρίαινεν, ἐντελλόμενος νῦν τε ἀπιέναι καὶ αὖθις μὴ ἐλθεῖν, μὴ αὐτῷ τό τε σκῆπτρον καὶ τὰ τοῦ θεοῦ στέμματα οὐκ ἐπαρκέσοι” . (Another reading, ἐπαρκέσειεν, of inferior authority, is adopted by Bekker.) If ἐπαρκέσοι is retained (as it is by most editors), it can be explained only by assuming that Plato had in his mind μὴ οὐκ ἐπαρκέσει as the direct form. Μή final with the future indicative occurs in Aristophanes, Homer, and Theognis (see 324); there is therefore no objection to μὴ ἐπαρκέσοι as representing μὴ ἐπαρκέσει. We must remember that Plato is here paraphrasing Homer (Il. i. 25-28), but by no means literally. The Homeric line is Μή νύ τοι οὐ χραίσμῃ σκῆπτρον καὶ στέμμα θεοῖο (see 263).

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