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πολλῶν ἂν ἥκοις. Clyt. refers to Electra's words, “πεπαύμεθ᾽ ἡμεῖς”: ‘If you have indeed silenced her, then you would deserve much,’ etc. A protasis formed by “εἰ” and a past tense of the indic. is sometimes thus combined with an apodosis formed by the optat. and “ἄν”. In such cases the past tense usu. denotes an actual fact, or what is assumed to be such. Thus O. C. 974 ff. “εἰ δ̓..ἦλθον,.. πῶς ἂν..ψέγοις”; Thuc. 3. 40εἰ γὰρ οὗτοι ὀρθῶς ἀπέστησαν” (granting that they were right), “ὑμεῖς ἂν οὐ χρεὼν ἄρχοιτε”. More rarely, the protasis expresses a condition recognised as unreal; e.g. Hom. Od. 1. 236ἐπεὶ οὔ κε θανόντι περ ὧδ᾽ ἀκαχοίμην”, | “εἰ μετὰ οἷς ἑτάροισι δάμη κ.τ.λ.”— Wunder's change of ἔπαυσας to παύσαις is not (I now think) desirable.

πολλῶν goes with ἄξιος, and τυχεῖν is epexegetic: cp. Ant. 699οὐχ ἥδε χρυσῆς ἀξία τιμῆς λαχεῖν”;

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    • Homer, Odyssey, 1.236
    • Sophocles, Antigone, 699
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 974
    • Thucydides, Histories, 3.40
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