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[*] 306. This use of μὴ οὐ (305) occurs in Homer in a few final clauses (263) and once after δείδω ( Il. x. 39). After this it is confined to clauses after verbs of fearing, with the exception of XEN. Mem. ii. 2, 14 , Cyneg. vii. 10, and the peculiar μὴ οὐκ ἐπαρκέσοι in PLAT. Rep. 393 E (132). This use of οὐ after μή is naturally explained by the origin of the dependent clause with μή (262); but after μή had come to be felt as a conjunction and its origin was forgotten, the chief objection to μὴ . . . μή was probably in the sound, and we find a few cases of it where the two particles are so far apart that the repetition is not offensive. Such a case is XEN. Mem. i. 2, 7 : ἐθαύμαζε δ᾽ εἴ τις φοβοῖτο μὴ ὁ γενόμενος καλὸς κἀγαθὸς τῷ τὰ μέγιστα εὐεργετήσαντι μὴ τὴν μεγίστην χάριν ἕξοι, where we should expect μὴ οὐχ ἕξοι. So THUC. ii. 13: ὑποτοπήσας μὴ . . . παραλίπῃ καὶ μὴ δηώσῃ. So in a final clause, μὴ . . . μὴ προσδέχοιτο, PLAT. Euthyd. 295D.
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