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2625. An optative with or without ἄν is regularly retained after ὅτι (ὡς).

““ἐδίδασκον ὡς . . . συνεστρατεύοντο ὅποι ἡγοῖντοthey showed that they always followed them in their campaigns wherever they ledX. H. 5.2.8 ( = συνεστρατευόμεθα, ὅποι ἡγοῖσθε, cp. 2568), ““ἀπεκρί_νατο . . . ὅτι πρόσθεν ἂν ἀποθάνοιεν τὰ ὅπλα παραδοίησανhe replied that they would sooner die than surrender their armsX. A. 2.1.10 ( = ἂν ἀποθάνοιμεν, παραδοῖμεν).

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