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436. a)/n with the Present Optative not of the Past: used of what will be, or what will prove to be.

LYS.3.5:πολὺ ἂν ἔργον εἴη λέγειν” , It would be a tedious task to tell.

PLATO, Charm. 161A-B: “οὐκ ἄρα σωφροσύνη ἂν εἴη αἰδώς”. Gorg. 507 A:καὶ μὴν γε σώφρων τὰ προσήκοντα πράττοι ἄν” (442). Theaet. 145 B:εὖ ἂν ἔχοι”.1

XEN. Mem. 1.2.11: “συμμάχων . . . βιάζεσθαι τολμῶν δέοιτ᾽ ἂν οὐκ ὀλίγων.

THUC.1.38.4:εἰ τοῖς πλείοσιν ἀρέσκοντές ἐσμεν, τοῖσδ᾽ ἂν μόνοις οὐκ ὀρθῶς ἀπαρέσκοιμεν”, If we are acceptable to the majority of our colonists, there must be something amiss in our being unacceptable to these alone.

HDT.2.6:οὕτω ἂν εἴησαν Αἰγύπτου στάδιοι ἑξακόσιοι καὶ τρισχίλιοι τὸ παρὰ θάλασσαν”. 22: “κῶς ὦν δῆτα ῥέοι ἂν” (sc. “ Νεῖλος”) “ἀπὸ χιόνος, ἀπὸ τῶν θερμοτάτων ῥέων ἐς τὰ ψυχρότερα”; 6.63: “οὐκ ἂν ἐμὸς εἴη”, It can't be my (son).

AR. Av. 127:ποίαν τιν᾽ οὖν ἥδιστ᾽ ἂν οἰκοῖτ᾽ ἂν πόλιν;172:τί ἂν οὖν ποιοῖμεν;Lys. 81:κἂν ταῦρον ἄγχοις” . 97-8:λέγοιμ᾽ ἂν ἤδη. πρὶν λέγειν δ᾽, ὑμᾶς τοδὶ ἐπερήσομαί τι μικρόν” . Lys. 180.

EUR. Ion, 543:πῶς ἂν οὖν εἴην σός;

SOLON, 36.1-2: “συμμαρτυροίη ταῦτ᾽ ἂν . . . μήτηρ μεγίστη δαιμόνων Ὀλυμπίων”.

HOM. Od. 4.78: “τέκνα φίλ̓, τοι Ζηνὶ βροτῶν οὐκ ἄν τις ἐρίζοι”.

Il. 1.271-2: “κείνοισι δ᾽ ἂν οὔ τις” | “τῶν, οἳ νῦν βροτοί εἰσιν ἐπιχθόνιοι, μαχέοιτο”.

1 The Roman phrase si vales bene EST is modelled on the Greek “εἰ ἔρρωσαι, εὖ ἂν ἔχοι”, If you are well, it must be all right, according to Norden, Antike Kunstprosa, 1.238.

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