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[473] The optatives are potential, ‘according as H. might wish, and the work be drawing to completion.’ ἄνυτο has good authority; it is the regular opt. of “ἄνυμι”, of which the imperf. pass. “ἤνυτο” is found in Od. 5.243. The majority of MSS. give “ἄνοιτο”, but “ἄνεται,10.251, has “α_”, probably because “ἄνω” = “ἄνϝω” as “φθι?νω” = “φθίνϝω” (cf. “