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268. In a few cases Plato has μή with the subjunctive in a cautious question with a negative answer implied. As μὴ ἄλλο τι τοῦτο means this may possibly be something else, so the question μὴ ἄλλο τι τοῦτο; means can this possibly be something else? The four examples given by Weber are:—

Μή τι ἄλλο παρὰ ταῦτα; “ can there be any other besides these?” Rep. 603C. Ἆρα μὴ ἄλλο τι θάνατος τοῦτο; “ is it possible that death can prove to be anything but this?” Phaed. 64C. So μή τι ἄλλο , κ.τ.λ.; Parm. 163D. Ἀλλὰ μὴ ἐμὴ περιεργία καὶ τὸ ἐρωτῆσαί σε περὶ τούτου; but can it be that even asking you about this is inquisitiveness on my part? Sisyph. 387 C (this can be understood positively, it may be that it is, etc.).

In XEN. Mem. iv. 2, 12 , the same interrogative construction occurs with μὴ οὐ: μὴ οὖν οὐ δύνωμαι ἐγὼ τὰ τῆς δικαιοσύνης ἔργα ἐξηγήσασθαι; do you suspect that I shall be unable to explain the works of Justice?

In PLAT. Phil. 12D we have πῶς γὰρ ἡδονή γε ἡδονῇ μὴ οὐχ ὁμοιότατον ἂν εἴη; for how could one pleasure help being most like another? Here εἴη ἄν takes the place of , and πῶς shows that the original force of μή is forgotten.

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