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εἶεν: a particle related to εἶα, not to the opt. εἴη or εἶεν. It marks a conclusion and transition, and is much used by Plato.

ἂν μέν: after εἰ μέν or ἐάν the principal sent. is freq. omitted when an antithesis with εἰ δέ follows. εὖ ἔχει, it is well, can generally be supplied, as Hom. A 135 f. ἀλλ᾽ εἰ μὲν δώσουσι γέρας μεγάθυμοι Ἀχαιοί | . . . | εἰ δέ κε μὴ δώωσιν, ἐγὼ δέ κεν αὐτὸς ἕλωμαι. Cf. 325 d below. The connection sometimes calls for a more definite expression, as here, i.e. ταῦτα ἀναλίσκοντες. See on 328 b; cf. Xen. Mem. iii. 9. 11 καὶ (ἐπεδείκνυεν) τοὺς ἄλλους πάντας ἂν μὲν αὐτοὶ ἡγῶνται ἐπίστασθαι ἐπιμελεῖσθαι (sc. αὐτοὺς ἐπιμελουμένους: εἰ δὲ μή, τοῖς ἐπισταμένοις πειθομένους, and he showed that all the rest, if they thought themselves capable of attending to a matter (attended to it themselves; otherwise, they trusted those who were capable. Xen. An. vii. 7. 15 εἰ μὲν σύ τι ἔχεις πρὸς ἡμᾶς λέγειν (sc. λέγε: εἰ δὲ μή, ἡμεῖς πρὸς σὲ ἔχομεν. Even ἐὰν μέν may be followed by εἰ δέ. See GMT. 53, N. 1; 52, 1, N. 2; H. 904 a; 906 a.

εἰπέ μοι: the imv. sing. is used before several vocs. when one person is prominently addressed. Cf. Euthyd. 283 b εἰπέ μοι, ἔφη, Σώκρατές τε καὶ ὑμεῖς οἱ ἄλλοι.

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