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ἐτεθνήκεσαν In the 3rd pers. pl. of the pluperf. act., -εσαν, not -εισαν, was the Attic form. παρειλήφεσαν occurs in an inscription of 323 B.C. (Meisterhans, Gramm. d. Attisch. Inschriften, p. 75). In the 3rd pers. sing. of the pluperf., -ει is contracted, of course, from εε, and the post-Attic -εισαν in the 3rd pers. plur. was perhaps an instance of false analogy. (Cp. Curtius, Greek Verb, p. 433 Eng. tr.)
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