Cyr., 4., 2., 46

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Cyr., 4., 2., 46

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οὐκ ἂν πρέποντα ἡμῖν δοκοῦμεν ποιεῖν.
I think this is one of Perseus' errors and it should be δοκοῖμεν.
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Constantinus Philo wrote: Sun Jan 08, 2023 5:07 am I think this is one of Perseus' errors and it should be δοκοῖμεν.
No, Marchant [=OCT text on Perseus] and Miller [=Loeb] both have δοκοῦμεν (Dindorf’s emend.), which is clearly right. Some mss have δοκοῖμεν, a secondary correction. ἄν applies to ποιεῖν.

The syntax of the full sentence is a bit tricky. Yet again, a midway switch in construction in a speech. Predictably, Cobet (famed for his zeal in athetesis) deleted the last οὐκ ἄν…ποιεῖν clause (+ ἐμποδών).

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what is the criterion by which one could judge to which ἅν refers, to the verb or the infinitive?
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Reading the text οὐκ ἄν…δοκοῦμεν ποιεῖν, ἄν can’t apply to a present indicative, so must apply to the infinitive.

How to decide between δοκοῖμεν in some mss and the emendation δοκοῦμεν? ἄν is often and idiomatically separated from its verb with an intervening δοκῶ, οἶδα, vel sim. The meaning should be “I think we would not be doing…” rather than “I would think that we are not doing…” A copyist, not understanding the construction, corrected to δοκοῖμεν. Probably.
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ok that's good to know, thank you.
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