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461. In the strange protasis, εἰ τούτω κε λάβοιμεν, Il. v. 273 and viii. 196, the separation of εἰ from κέ might compel us to recognise a potential force, if we could (possibly) secure these; but the difference between this and the Attic examples of εἰ with the potential optative and ἄν (458; 506), and the difficulty of seeing any difference between this and εἰ τούτω λάβοιμεν, if we should secure these, induced Bekker to read εἰ τούτω γε λάβοιμεν here, and also τόν γ᾽ εἴ μοι δοίης (for τόν κ᾽ εἰ) in Od. xvii. 223.

The Homeric use of the optative in present and past unreal conditional sentences has been discussed (438).

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