Herbert Weir Smyth [n.d.], A Greek Grammar for Colleges; Machine readable text [info] [word count] [Smyth].

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and ἆρα introduce questions asking merely for information and imply nothing as to the answer expected (neither yes nor no).

ἦ τέθνηκεν Οἰδίπου πατήρ; is Oedipus' father really dead? S. O. T. 943, ἦ λέγω (delib. subj.); shall I tell you? X. C. 8.4.10, ἦ καὶ οἴκοι τῶν πλουσίων ἦσθα; were you really one of the rich men when you were at home? 8. 3. 36.

ἆρ' εἰμὶ μάντις; am I a prophet? S. Ant. 1212, ἆρ' Ὀδυσσέως κλύω; can it be that I am listening to Odysseus? S. Ph. 976, ἆρα ἐθελήσειεν ἂν ἡμῖν διαλεχθῆναι; will he really be willing to talk with us? P. G. 447b.

a. ἆρα is from ἦ ἄρα. ἦ is chiefly poetic. Homer uses , not ἆρα. Both particles denote interest on the part of the questioner (often = really? surely?).

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