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ἐγὼ μὲν οὖν, which has better authority than “ἐγὼ μὲν ἄν”, is also intrinsically better, since “οὖν” serves to link this concluding sentiment with what precedes.—The active μηχανᾶν occurs nowhere else in classical Greek, except in Od. 18. 143μηχανόωντας” (Apoll. Rhod. 3. 583 “ὑπέρβια μηχανόωντες”). Cp. 1129ἀτίμα”, a solitary instance in Attic of the Homeric verb “ἀτιμᾶν”. In the Thyestes (fr. 247) Sophocles used “ἐντέλλω” as= “ἐντέλλομαι”.

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