previous next

527. A conditional relative clause (like a clause with εἰ, 407) may take the future indicative to express a present intention or necessity. E.g. Ἐν τούτῳ κεκωλῦσθαι ἐδόκει ἑκάστῳ τὰ πράγματα μή τις αὐτὸς παρέσται, “each man felt that all progress was at an end in any affair in which he was not personally to take part.” THUC. ii. 8.The direct form was ἐν τούτῳ κεκώλυται (51; 122 μὴ παρέσομαι. Οὗ δὲ ἀληθείας τις ἀτυχήσει, ποτὲ τούτου ἐπιστήμων ἔσται; but if one is to miss the truth of anything, will he ever understand it? PLAT. Theaet. 186 C. So probably XEN. Cyr. i. 5, 13 , τι γὰρ μὴ τοιοῦτον ἀποβήσεται παρ᾽ ὑμῶν, εἰς ἐμὲ τὸ ἐλλεῖπον ἔσται, i.e. if there is to be any failure on your part to come up to my expectations, the loss will fall on me.

This is the only form of conditional relative sentence that regularly takes the future indicative. (See 530.)

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide References (1 total)
  • Commentary references to this page (1):
    • William Watson Goodwin, Commentary on Demosthenes: On the Crown, 257
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: