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The dependent subjunctive is often introduced by αἴ (εἴ) κεν), ‘if haply,’ ‘in the hope that,’ ‘on the chance that.’ E. g. A 66 f., “αἴ κεν” ...

βούλεται” (subjunctive), see § 147. A 207, “αἴ κε πίθηαι”, ‘in the hope that you will obey.’ B 72, “ἀλλ᾽ ἄγετ᾽, αἴ κέν πως θωρήξομεν κτλ.”, ... ‘in the hope that we may arm’ etc.
1. After a secondary tense this subjunctive is commonly changed to the optative. E. g. B 96 ff., “ἐννέα δέ σφεας

κήρυ_κες ... ἐρήτυον, εἴ ποτ᾽ ἀυ_τῆς
σχοίατ᾽”(“ο”) “κτλ.”, ... ‘if haply they would refrain from shouting.’

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