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ἄν with the optat. verbs, not with ἵνα: "(to a place) where I may speak on the one hand, and hear on the other": “τὸ μὲντὸ δέ” are adverbial: cp. Xen. Anab. 4.1.14τὰ μέν τι μαχόμενοι, τὰ δὲ καὶ ἀναπαυόμενοι.

εἴποιμενἀκούσαιμεν, i.e. "arrive at a mutual understanding," — a regular phrase: Thuc. 4.22ξυνέδρους δὲ σφίσιν ἐκέλευον ἑλέσθαι οἵτινες λέγοντες καὶ ἀκούοντες περὶ ἑκάστου ξυμβήσονται”:

κε τὸ μὲν εἴποιμι, τὸ δ᾽ ἐκ φαμένοιο πυθοίμην

(a head-man, “"who to shrewd questions shrewdly can reply,"” Calverley).

ἄν with the optat. in the relative clause just as in apodosis; so

ἐγὼ δέ τοι ἡγεμονεύσω
ἵνα κεν τέτμοιμεν ἄνακτα

(to a place where we are likely to find him): Xen. Anab. 3.1.40οὐκ οἶδα τι ἄν τις χρήσαιτο αὐτοῖς” (I know not what use one could make of them).

εὐσεβίας ἐπιβαίνοντες, entering on piety, placing ourselves within its pale: but this figurative sense is here tinged with the notion of "entering on lawful ground" (schol. “εὐσεβῶς πατοῦντες”). For the fig. sense cp.

ὄφρα σφῶϊν ἐϋφροσύνης ἐπιβῆτον
ἀμφοτέρω φίλον ἦτορ

, “"that ye may both enter into your heart's delight"” (Butcher and Lang): Ph. 1463δόξης οὔποτε τῆσδ᾽ ἐπιβάντες”, though we had never entered on that hope (dared to entertain it).

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    • Homer, Odyssey, 23.52
    • Sophocles, Philoctetes, 1463
    • Thucydides, Histories, 4.22
    • Xenophon, Anabasis, 3.1.40
    • Xenophon, Anabasis, 4.1.14
    • Theocritus, Idylls, 25
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