ἐπὴν μιγείη. See on Od. 2.105. The optative here is assimilated to the mood of καταβρόξειεν. Bekker alters here and elsewhere to “ἐπεί”. Nitzsch supports “ἐπήν” on the ground that we have here not merely a point of time suggested, but an actual hypothesis stated. So Eustath., “οὐ γάρ ἐστιν ἁπλῶς νηπενθὲς εἰ μὴ καὶ κρητῆρι μιγείη”. Or, we may say that the adverb and mood express the repetition of an action in past time. Elsewhere, “ἐπήν” appears with the optative in oratio obliqua, where in oratio recta “ἐπήν” with the subjunctive would have stood. Cp. Il.19. 208; 24.227.
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