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322. The use of the optative for the subjunctive in final clauses after primary tenses is, on the other hand, very rare, and is to be viewed as a mere irregularity of construction. See “ἄξω τῆλ᾽ Ἰθάκης, ἵνα μοι βίοτον πολὺν ἄλφοιOd. xvii. 250 ; ὅππως μαχέοιντο, Il. i. 344; and vii. 340, Il. xviii. 88.So SOPH. El. 56, O. C. 11; HDT. ii. 93 (ἵνα μὴ ἁμάρτοιεν). Most of these are emended by various editors; and no good reason for the anomaly appears in any of them.

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