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2821. γέ (postpositive and enclitic) is an intensive and restrictive particle with the force of at least, at any rate, even, certainly, indeed; but often to be rendered by intonation. γέ may indicate assent, concession, banter, scorn, deprecation, irony, etc. γέ emphasizes single words or whole phrases or clauses.

a. Single words. So often with pronouns, as ἔγωγε I at least (excluding others), ἐμέ γε cp. mi-ch, γε even he (Hom.), οὗτός γε, and with a repeated pronoun (S. Ph. 117). Other words, as τι βούλει γε whatever you like Ar. Ran. 3, ““πλήθει γε οὐχ ὑπερβαλοίμεθ᾽ ἂν τοὺς πολεμίουςin numbers at least we should not surpass the enemyX. C. 2.1.18.

b. With phrases or clauses. Thus, ““ὡς μή μ᾽ ἄτι_μον, τοῦ θεοῦ γε προστάτην, οὕτως ἀφῇ μεthat he may not thus send me away in dishonour—who am the suppliant of the godS. O. C. 1278, ἀνθρώπους τί_νυσθον, ὅτις γ᾽ ἐπίορκον ὀμόσσῃ ye who punish men who swear falsely Γ 279.

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    • Raphael Kühner, Bernhard Gerth, Ausführliche Grammatik der griechischen Sprache, KG 3.6.1
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