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[55] φθονέω and εἰῶ are taken by Ameis as subj.; he compares

οὐδέ τις ἡμῖν
θαλπωρή, εἴ πέρ τις ἐπιχθονίων ἀνθρώπων
φῆισιν ἐλεύσεσθαι

, but this is essentially different, as it refers to a repetition of anticipated cases; so 4.261εἴ περ γάρ τ᾽ ἄλλοι .. δαιτρὸν πίνωσιν”. Hera is here stating a fact which she admits, in order to base another statement upon it, and for this the indic. is the proper mood; cf. 7.117εἴ περ ἀδειής τ᾽ ἐστί”, and note on 4.321. It is also more natural to find “οὐ” after “εἰ” with the indic. than the subj.; H. G. § 316, and v. on 2.349, 4.160, though it is true that we do find “εἰ οὐ” with subj., e.g. 20.139οὐκ εἰῶσι”, where the neg. coheres closely with the verb. In the next line ἀνύω may be either pres. or fut., I shall do no good. 55-6 were obelized by Ar., “ὅτι τὴν χάριν ἀναλύουσιν, εἰ καὶ μὴ προδεηθεὶς δύναται τοῦτ᾽ ἔχειν”, i.e. Hera is not doing Zeus a favour if Zeus can work his will without asking her. But this ground is quite insufficient; the turn of thought is natural enough, ‘have your way; you know I cannot prevent it.’ The ἀλλά following (57) also clearly refers to 56, ‘though you are more mighty, yet I am not to count for nothing.’

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