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οὐκ ἂν δυοῖν ἥμαρτον, i.e., would have secured one of the two things. Classical Greek idiom preferred this negative form to a positive (such as “δυοῖν θατέρου ἂν ἔτυχον”). The modes of stating the dilemma vary; thus we find: (1) “ γὰρ..”, as here; Andoc. or. 1 § 4 “δυοῖν.. οὐκ ἦν αὐτῷ ἁμαρτεῖν: γὰρ..μηνῦσαι.. ἀποκτεῖναι”: so Dem. or. 19 § 151, etc. (2) “..”, as Thuc. 1. 33§ 3 “μηδὲ δυοῖν φθάσαι ἁμάρτωσιν” (not fail to be beforehand with us in one of two things), “ κακῶσαι.. βεβαιώσασθαι” n. (3) “εἰ μὲν γὰρ..εἰ δὲ”, as Isocr. or. 11 § 43.—Remark that the modification of this phrase used by Eur. Or. 1151, “ἑνὸς γὰρ οὐ σφαλέντες ἕξομεν κλέος”, | “καλῶς θανόντες καλῶς σεσωσμένοι”,—where “δυοῖν” is merely a bad conjecture,—is due to the fact that the principal verb, “ἕξομεν”, is positive.

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    • Demosthenes, On the False Embassy, 151
    • Euripides, Orestes, 1151
    • Isocrates, Busiris, 43
    • Thucydides, Histories, 1.33
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