Herbert Weir Smyth [n.d.], A Greek Grammar for Colleges; Machine readable text [info] [word count] [Smyth].
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Several verbs signifying to say are also used as verbs of will and then mean command. The agent commanded usually stands in the accusative subject of the infinitive. So with λέγω, εἶπον, φράζω, φωνῶ. Thus λέγω σ' ἐγὼ δόλῳ Φιλοκτήτην λαβεῖν I say that thou shalt take Philoctetes by craft S. Ph. 101, τούτοις ἔλεγον πλεῖν I told them that they should sail D. 19.150, πάντες ἔλεγον τοὺς τούτων ἄρξαντας δοῦναι δίκην all said that the ringleaders should suffer punishment X. A. 5.7.34, εἶπον τὴν θύρα_ν κεκλεῖσθαι they commanded that the door should be shut (and stay shut) X. H. 5.4.7, βασιλεὺς ἔγραψε πά_σα_ς τὰ_ς ἐν τῇ Ἑλλάδι πόλεις αὐτονόμους εἶναι the king issued a written order that all the cities in Greece should be independent (not: wrote that they were independent) X. H. 6.3.12.

a. The agent may stand in the dative as χαλᾶν λέγω σοι I bid thee let go S. O. C. 840.

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