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φοβούμενος δὲ μὴ οἱ πεμπόμενοι ἢ κατὰ τὴν τοῦ λέγειν ἀδυνασίαν ἢ καὶ μνήμης ἐλλιπεῖς γιγνόμενοι ἢ τῷ ὄχλῳ πρὸς χάριν τι λέγοντες οὐ τὰ ὄντα ἀπαγγέλλωσιν, ἔγραψεν ἐπιστολήν, νομίζων οὕτως ἂν μάλιστα τὴν αὑτοῦ γνώμην μηδὲν ἐν τῷ ἀγγέλῳ ἀφανισθεῖσαν μαθόντας τοὺς Ἀθηναίους βουλεύσασθαι περὶ τῆς ἀληθείας.
He feared that the messengers would not report the truth, either because of an inability to speak, or a failure of memory or from a desire to please the crowd. So he wrote a letter to make sure that the Athenians could find out his opinion without it being lost in transmission, and then be able to come to a decision about the facts of the matter.
Thucydides 7 8.2 (49)
πρὸς τοῖσδε δ’ εἰς ἀδελφὸν οἷ’ ἐφύβρισας,
σφάξαι κελεύσας θυγατέρ’ εὐηθέστατα
And furthermore, what terrible wrong you did to your brother, in telling him to kill his sweet daughter.
Euripides Andromache 624-5 (116)
οὕτως ἔδεισας μὴ οὐ κακὴν δάμαρτ’ ἔχῃς.
You were so afraid that you would lose your terrible wife.
Euripides Andromache 626 (117)
μήτέ τις οὖν θήλεια θεὸς τό γε μήτέ τις ἄρσην
πειράτω διακέρσαι ἐμὸν ἔπος, ἀλλ’ ἅμα πάντες
αἰνεῖτ’, ὄφρα τάχιστα τελευτήσω τάδε ἔργα.
Let no goddess, no god, go against my word, but everyone praise it so that I can bring to pass my work as quickly as possible.
Homer Iliad 8.7-9 (186)
τί ἄν οὖν βουλόμενος ἐγὼ τοιοῦτον κίνδυνον ἐκινδύνευον, εἰ μὴ τὸ μέγιστον τῶν ἀδικημάτων ἦ ὑπ’ αὐτοῦ ἠδικημένος;
For what object, then, should I run so grave a risk, unless I had received from him the greatest of injuries?
Lysias Speeches 1.45 (343)
τὸν μὲν ἄλλον χρόνον οὕτω διεκείμην ὥστε μήτε λυπεῖν μήτε λίαν ἐπ’ ἐκείνῃ εἶναι ὅ τι ἂν ἐθέλῃ ποιεῖν,
For some time I was disposed neither to vex her nor to leave her too free to do just as she pleased
Lysias Speeches 1.6 (371)
ἀπιόντες ἐνθένδε ἡμεῖς μὴ πείσαντες τὴν πόλιν πότερον κακῶς τινας ποιοῦμεν, καὶ ταῦτα οὓς ἥκιστα δεῖ, ἢ οὔ;
If we go away from here without the consent of the state, are we are doing harm to the very ones to whom we least ought to do harm, or not?
Plato Crito 49e (440)
ὃς δ’ ἂν ὑμῶν παραμείνῃ, ὁρῶν ὃν τρόπον ἡμεῖς τάς τε δίκας δικάζομεν καὶ τἆλλα τὴν πόλιν διοικοῦμεν, ἤδη φαμὲν τοῦτον ὡμολογηκέναι ἔργῳ ἡμῖν ἃ ἂν ἡμεῖς κελεύωμεν ποιήσειν ταῦτα, καὶ τὸν μὴ πειθόμενον τριχῇ φαμεν ἀδικεῖν
But we say that whoever of you stays here, seeing how we administer justice and how we govern the state in other respects, has thereby entered into an agreement with us to do what we command; and we say that he who does not obey does threefold wrong.
Plato Crito 51e (449)
Μήδεια: Κορίνθιαι γυναῖκες, ἐξῆλθον δόμων / μή μοί τι μέμψησθ’·
Medea: Women of Corinth, I have come out of the house lest you find some fault with me.
Euripides Medea 214 (463)
φράζεο μή τις ἔπειτα θεῶν ἐθέλῃσι καὶ ἄλλος
πέμπειν ὃν φίλον υἱὸν ἀπὸ κρατερῆς ὑσμίνης·
Take care that no other god wants to take his dear son away from mortal combat.
Homer Iliad 16.446-7 (492)

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