Herbert Weir Smyth [n.d.], A Greek Grammar for Colleges; Machine readable text [info] [word count] [Smyth].
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After secondary tenses, the subjunctive presents the fear vividly, i.e. as it was conceived by the subject. Cp. cross2197.

ἐφοβοῦντο μή τι πάθῃ they feared lest she might (may) meet with some accident X. S. 2. 11, ἐφοβήθησαν μὴ καὶ ἐπὶ σφῖς ὁ στρατὸς χωρήσῃ they became fearful that the army might (may) advance against themselves too T. 2.101. So when the fear extends up to the present time: ἐφοβήθην . . . καὶ νῦν τεθορύβημαι μή τινες ὑ_μῶν ἀγνοήσωσί με I was struck with fear and even now I am in a state of agitation lest some of you may disregard me Aes. 2.4. The vivid use of subjunctive is common in the historians, especially Thucydides.

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