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ὃν (=“περὶ οὗ”)...δέδοικ̓: cp. Tr. 297ταρβεῖν τὸν εὖ πράσσοντα, μὴ σφαλῇ ποτε.

παλαιὸν=“παλαιόν” (“ἐστιν”) ἐξ ὅτου, a parenthetic clause equiv. to a simple adverb (“πάλαι”) going with “δέδοικα”. Cp. Isocr. or. 5 § 47οὖτοι γὰρ ἄρχοντες τῶν Ἑλλήνων οὐ πολὺς χρόνος” (sc.ἐστὶν”) “ἐξ οὖ καὶ κατὰ γῆν καὶ κατὰ θάλατταν εἰς τοσαύτην μεταβολὴν ἦλθον. Ai. 600ἐγὼ δ᾽ τλάμων παλαιὸς ἀφ᾽ οὗ χρόνος” | ...“εὐνῶμαι”.—In L “παλαιὰν” is manifestly a mere blunder for “παλαιὸν”. Those who read παλαἴ ἂν explain it in one of two ways. (1) “εἴη” is to be supplied with it, —“βεβήκῃ”, or “βέβηκε”, being read in 494. Such an ellipse of “εἴη” is impossible. (2) The “ἂν” is to go with “βεβήκοι” in 494. Cp. Tr. 630δέδοικα γὰρ” | “μὴ πρῲ λέγοις ἄν”: Thuc. 2. 93προσδοκία οὐδεμία” (“ἦν”) “μὴ ἄν ποτε οἱ πολέμιοι...ἐπιπλεύσειαν”. But in this constr. the “ἄν” which belongs to the optative verb could not precede the “μή”. In Eur. Med. 941οὐκ οἶδ᾽ ἂν εἰ πείσαιμι”, the place of “ἄν” has a special excuse, viz., the analogy of sentences with the inf. (such as “οὐκ ἂν οἶμαι πεῖσαι”).


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  • Commentary references from this page (6):
    • Euripides, Medea, 941
    • Isocrates, To Philip, 47
    • Sophocles, Ajax, 600
    • Thucydides, Histories, 2.93
    • Sophocles, Trachiniae, 297
    • Sophocles, Trachiniae, 630
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