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2650. and ἆρα introduce questions asking merely for information and imply nothing as to the answer expected (neither yes nor no).

τέθνηκεν Οἰδίπου πατήρ; is Oedipus' father really dead? S. O. T. 943, λέγω (delib. subj.); shall I tell you? X. C. 8.4.10, καὶ οἴκοι τῶν πλουσίων ἦσθα; were you really one of the rich men when you were at home? 8. 3. 36.

ἆρ᾽ εἰμὶ μάντις; am I a prophet? S. Ant. 1212, ἆρ᾽ Ὀδυσσέως κλύω; can it be that I am listening to Odysseus? S. Ph. 976, ἆρα ἐθελήσειεν ἂν ἡμῖν διαλεχθῆναι; will he really be willing to talk with us? P. G. 447b.

a. ἆρα is from ¨ ἄρα. is chiefly poetic. Homer uses , not ἆρα. Both particles denote interest on the part of the questioner (often = really? surely?).

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