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σε προσθέσθαι, “"to associate you with them (as a prospective ally) in the neighbourhood of their land, and not (to leave you) in a place where you will be your own master."” Cp. Her. 1.69χρήσαντος τοῦ θεοῦ τὸν Ἕλληνα φίλον προσθέσθαι,...ὑμέας...προσκαλέομαι φίλος τε θέλων γενέσθαι καὶ σύμμαχος”. With μηδ̓, etc., a verbal notion such as “ἐᾶσαι οἰκεῖν” must be supplied from “προσθέσθαι”: cp.

καὶ μή μ᾽ ἄτιμον τῆσδ᾽ ἀποστείλητε γῆς,
ἀλλ᾽ ἀρχέπλουτον

(sc.καταστήσατε”).

ἂνκρατοῖς, nearly = κρατήσεις. See on “ἵν᾽ ἂν...εἴποιμεν”, 189. With the MS. κρατῇς, ἄν belongs to ἵνα: "wherever you may be your own master": which is evidently less suitable here.


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