θηρατἔ οὖν γίγνοιτ᾽ ἄν, they would then become (by logical inference) desirable prizes: cp. Plat. Prot. 338C “εἰ δὲ αἱρήσεσθε..., αἰσχρὸν γὰρ τοῦτο τῷδε γίγν εται”. So “γίγνομαι” denotes arithmetical process ( Thuc. 3. 17“αἱ πᾶσαι” (“νῆες”) “ἅμα ἐγίγνοντο διακόσιαι κ.τ.λ.”), or legal succession to property (Isae. or. 5 § 44 “ἃ ἐκείνων ἐγίγνετο”). This usage of “γίγνομαι” is decisive for γίγνοιτ̓ against γένοιτ̓, a v. l. found in a few late MSS. οὖν, the conjecture of Triclinius, seems better here than the other corrections, “θηρατἔ ἂν γίγνοιτ᾽ ἄν” (or “γίγνοιτ᾽ ἄῤ”).
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