A School Grammar of Attic Greek

Thomas Dwight Goodell

SIMPLE SENTENCES/ Optative Sentences

476. The Optative (without ἄν) expresses a wish that something may be, in the future. (Negative μή.) This use has given the name to the mode.

Εὖ ξυνεῖεν εἰσαεὶ θεοί.
The gods forever graciously abide with you!
Soph. Oedipus the King. 275


οὕτω νικήσαιμί τʼ ἐγὼ καὶ νομιζοίμην σοφός.
So may I win the victory and be (ever) deemed wise.
Aristoph. Clouds 520


May you die! (A curse on you!).

μηδεὶς ταῦτʼ ῡ̔μῶν ἐπινεύσειεν.
May none of you consent to this.
Demosthenes 18.324


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