οὔτε γὰρ...εἶχον. This obviously implies, as Hug remarks, moral rather than physical impossibility—the inexpedience of killing the goose that lays the golden egg. Supply ἠφάνισαν with κεραυνώσαντες. ἠφανίζετο. For the impf. without ἄν, cp. (with Stallb.) Rep. 450 D, Euthyd. 304 D; Ar. Nub. 1212. μόγις...ἐννοήσας. Notice the comic touch: the omniscient Zeus has to cudgel his brains over the business! ὡς ἂν εἶεν. For this construction after a present, cp. Xen. Cyrop. I. 2. 5 (Goodwin G. M. T. § 349, cp. § 351). ἀσθενέστεροι γενόμενοι. Although these words are superfluous, a little legal verbosity may be excused in a comedian's Zeus.
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