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280. In a few cases ὅπως μή with the subjunctive expresses a cautious assertion, where the simple μή is generally used (265). E.g. Καὶ ὅπως μὴ ἐν μὲν τοῖς ζωγραφήμασιν τοῦτο, “and it may be that this will prove true in the case of pictures.” PLAT. Crat. 430D. Weber (p. 264) quotes HDT. vi. 85 for this sense: ὅκως ἐξ ὑστέρης μή τι ὑμῖν, ἢν ταῦτα ποιήσητε, πανώλεθρον κακὸν ἐς τὴν χώρην ἐμβάλωσι, it is not unlikely that they will turn about and bring some fatal harm on your country; but this can be understood like the examples in 278.

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