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μὴ. We might have had the “οὐ” of oratio obliqua with “λακεῖν, ὅτι οὐκ ἔλακε”. But here we have “μή”, as after “πιστεύω” and like verbs. So O. T. 1455οἶδα, μήτε μ᾽ ἂν νόσον μήτ᾽ ἄλλο πέρσαι μηδέν” (n.). Cp. O. C. 656 n., 797 n. In such cases “μή” seems to add a certain emphasis to the statement of fact (like saying, ‘I protest that I know no instance’).

λακεῖν, infin. (instead of the more usual partic.) after “ἐπιστάμεσθα”: 293 n. This verb is esp. used of prophecy: cp. Tr. 822 (where “τοὔπος τὸ θεοπρόπον” is subject to “ἔλακεν”): Aesch. Ag. 1426 (of Clytaemnestra) “περίφρονα δ᾽ ἔλακες”. The ref. is esp. to the seer's denunciation of Oedipus, and his command regarding Megareus (1303 n.).

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    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 656
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