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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 τε ἄρχων καὶ ἰδιώτης, “suppose that both the ruler and the private man address one in a friendly way.” XEN. Hier. viii. 3.

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