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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 ᾖ τοῦτο means this may possibly be something else, so the question μὴ ἄλλο τι ᾖ τοῦτο; means can this possibly be something else? The four examples given by Weber are:— Μή τι ἄλλο ᾖ παρὰ ταῦτα; “ can there be any other besides these?” Rep. 603C. Ἆρα μὴ ἄλλο τι ᾖ θάνατος ἢ τοῦτο; “ is it possible that death can prove to be anything but this?” Phaed. 64C. So μή τι ἄλλο ᾖ ἤ, κ.τ.λ.; Parm. 163D. Ἀλλὰ μὴ ἐμὴ περιεργία ᾖ 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 ᾖ, and πῶς shows that the original force of μή is forgotten.
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