This line seems almost like an intentional irony, in view of Hector's coming fate at the heels of Achilles' horses. For the construction of μή with the indic. in an oath cf. 15.41 “ἴστω νῦν .. μὴ δι᾽ ἐμὴν ἰότητα Ποσειδάων ἐνοσίχθων πημαίνει Τρῶας”. So Hymn. Merc. 275-6 “ὀμοῦμαι, μὴ μὲν ἐγὼ .. ὑπίσχομαι, μήτε τιν᾽ ἄλλον ὄπωπα”, Theognis 659 “ὀμόσαι ὅτι μήποτε πρῆγμα τόδ᾽ ἔσται”, Ar. Aves 194-5 “μὰ γῆν κτλ., μὴ᾽γὼ νόημα κομψότερον ἤκουσά που”, Lys. 917, Eccl. 1000; and a few other examples in M. and T. § 686. See also H. G. § 358.
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