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440. a)/n with the Perfect Optative:

XEN. Conv. 3.6: “λέληθέ σε . . . ; . . . πῶς ἂν . . . λελήθοι” (“με”); Has it escaped your observation? How can it have escaped my observation (306)?

AR. Lys. 252-3:ἄλλως γὰρ ἂν ἄμαχοι γυναῖκες καὶ μιαραὶ κεκλῄμεθ᾽ πρεσεντ̓ ἄν” .

For examples of the Periphrastic Perfect Optative with “ἄν”, see 288, to which add the following examples:

PLATO , Phaedo 76 E:εἰ δὲ μὴ ἔστι ταῦτα, ἄλλως ἂν λόγος οὗτος εἰρημένος εἴη”. Politic. 264 C: “ἐν μὲν γὰρ κρήναις τάχ᾽ ἂν ἴσως εἴης ᾐσθημένος” (the reply is: “τεθέαμαι”). PLAT. Soph. 261C:νῦν δ᾽ ἐπεὶ . . . τοῦτο λέγεις διαπεπέρανται, τὸ . . . μέγιστον ἡμῖν τεῖχος ἡρῃμένον ἂν εἴη”, We may look upon the strongest redoubt as having been taken.

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