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sinat . . . poscat . . . pugnet are to be referred not to the jussive subjunctive (Roby, §§ 1596-1602, R. § 668), but to the hypothetical (Roby, §§ 1534-8, R. §§ 642-4), in what is sometimes called the potential use of it, here most nearly rendered in English by ‘will.’ Cf. VII. 174, “nec sinat hoc Hecate, nec tu petis aequa”, and the following passages in Virgil: Ecl.II. 34 Ecl., X. 17, Georg.I. 457 Georg., II. 315 Georg., III. 141, Aen.I. 549, and for the similar use of the Greek optative Goodwin, Moods and Tenses, p. 113, note.

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