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[60] ἡμεῖς. Cp.

Tres sumus imbelles numero; sine viribus uxor
Laertesque senex, Telemachusque puer.

τοῖοι ἀμυνέμεν, ‘we are not such [as he was], that we should drive it away.’ Similarly Od.7. 309ξειν̓, οὔ μοι τοιοῦτον ἐνὶ στήθεσσι φίλον κῆρ

μαψιδίως κεχολῶσθαι”, my heart is not such [i e. so prone as thou thinkest] to be lightly angry;’ and Od.24. 254τοιούτῳ δὲ ἔοικας, ἐπεὶ λούσαιτο φάγοι τε”,
εὑδέμεναι μαλακῶς”, ‘but thou art like to such an one [not in slavish appearance, but in this] that he should have a soft bed to sleep on,’ etc. So in Od.17. 20οὐ γὰρ ἐπὶ σταθμοῖσι μένειν ἔτι τηλίκος εἰμὶ”,
ὥς τ᾽ ἐπιτειλαμένῳ σημάντορι πάντα πιθέσθαι”. See Monro, H. G. § 232. For the mere infinitive cp. Thuc.1. 50μὴ αἱ νῆες ὀλίγαι ἀμύνειν ὦσι”, Aesch. Pers.87δόκιμος δ᾽ οὔτις εἴργειν ἄμαχον κῦμα θαλάσσης”, and Hom. Od.21. 195ποῖοί κ᾽ εἶτ᾽ Ὀδυσῆι ἀμυνέμεν, εἴ ποθεν ἔλθοι”;
καὶ ἔπειτα, ‘verily, if we do (“καί”) try, we shall prove but weaklings, and little skilled in prowess.’ ἔπειτα, as distinguished from “ὀπίσσω”, points to an immediate future: so in Soph. Antig. 611τό τ᾽ ἔπειτα καὶ τὸ μέλλον, καὶ τὸ πρὶν ἐπαρκέσει νόμος”. Cp. Lucret. 1. 461Tum quae res instet, quid porro deinde sequatur.” See Od.1. 65, and cp. inf. 273 “οὔ τοι ἔπειθ᾽ ἁλίη ὁδὸς ἔσσεται”, and similarly v. 280. This is nearly what the Schol. must mean by interpreting it “μετὰ τὸ ἐπιχειρῆσαι”.

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