Herbert Weir Smyth [n.d.], A Greek Grammar for Colleges; Machine readable text [info] [word count] [Smyth].
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But causal clauses denoting an alleged or reported reason (implied indirect discourse, cross2622) take the optative after secondary tenses.

(οἱ Ἀθηναῖοι) τὸν Περικλέα_ ἐκάκιζον ὅτι στρατηγὸς ὢν οὐκ ἐπεξάγοι the Athenians reviled Pericles on the ground that, though he was general, he did not lead them out T. 2.21, εἶχε λέγειν . . . ὡς Λακεδαιμόνιοι διὰ τοῦτο πολεμήσειαν αὐτοῖς ὅτι οὐκ ἐθελήσαιεν μετ' Ἀ_γησιλά_ου ἐλθεῖν ἐπ' αὐτόν Pelopidas was able to say that the Lacedaemonians had made war upon them (the Thebans) for the reason that they had not been willing to march against him (the King of Persia) with Agesilaus X. H. 7.1.34.

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