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296. Οὐ μή with the subjunctive or the future indicative can stand in various dependent sentences:—

a) Especially in indirect discourse; as εὖ γὰρ οἶδ᾽ σαφῶς ὅτι ταῦθ᾽ . . . οὐ μὴ ᾿πιλάθῃ. Pac. 1302.So XEN. Cyr. viii. 1, 5 , XEN. Hell. iv. 2, 3 ; PLAT. Rep. 499B. See also THUC. v. 69.We have οὐ μή with the future optative after ὡς, representing the future indicative of the direct form, in SOPH. Ph. 611: τά τ᾽ ἄλλα πάντ᾽ ἐθέσπισεν, καὶ τἀπὶ Τροίας πέργαμ᾽ ὡς οὐ μή ποτε πέρσοιεν εἰ μὴ τόνδε ἄγοιντο. (The direct discourse was οὐ μή ποτε πέρσετε ἐὰν μὴ τόνδε ἄγησθε.) In a similar construction in XEN. Hell. i. 6, 32 , the future indicative is retained after a past tense: εἶπεν ὅτι Σπάρτη οὐδὲν μὴ κάκιον οἰκιεῖται αὐτοῦ ἀποθανόντος. In EUR. Phoen. 1590, we have the future infinitive of indirect discourse with οὐ μή: εἶπε Τειρεσίας οὐ μή ποτε, σοῦ τήνδε γῆν οἰκοῦντος, εὖ πράξειν πόλιν, representing οὐ μὴ εὖ πράξει πόλις.

b) In causal sentences with ὡς; as AR. Av. 461: λέγε θαρρήσας, ὡς τὰς σπονδὰς οὐ μὴ πρότερον παραβῶμεν, for we will not break the truce before you have spoken. So XEN. Cyr. iii. 2, 8 (see 295).

c) In consecutive sentences with ὥστε; as PLAT. Phaedr. 227D : οὕτως ἐπιτεθύμηκα ἀκοῦσαι, ὥστ̓, ἐὰν ποιῇ τὸν περίπατον Μέγαράδε, οὐ μή σου ἀπολειφθῶ.

In AESCH. Ag. 1640, τὸν δέ μὴ πειθάνορα ζεύξω βαρείαις οὔτι μὴ σειραφόρον κριθῶντα πῶλον, and I will yoke him who is not obedient under a heavy yoke, (and I will let him run) by no means as a wanton colt in traces, οὔτι μή belongs grammatically to ζεύξω, though its position makes it affect the following words in sense: cf. καὶ μὴν τόδ᾽ εἰπὲ μὴ παρὰ γνώμην ἐμοί, AESCH. Ag. 931, where the force of μή falls on the words that follow it. See Paley's note on AESCH. Ag. 1640 (1618).

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