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585. In Homer ὥστε (or rather ὥς τε) is found, with two exceptions (589), only in the sense of as, like ὥσπερ. See its use in similes, as ὥς τε λέων ἐχάρη, Il. iii. 23.The τε here is like that commonly added to relatives in Homer (as in ὅς τε) and to ἐπεί in Herodotus. The Attic poets are the first to use ὥστε freely with the infinitive. In Sophocles we first find ὥστε with the finite moods; this seems to have arisen from a desire to express definitely the accomplishment of the result, which the infinitive expressed only by inference.

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