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Μή, φίλα ψυχά, βίον ἀθάνατον σπεῦδε, τὰν δ' ἔμπρακτον ἄντλει μαχανάν -> Oh! my soul do not aspire to eternal life, but exhaust the limits of the possible
Pindar, Pythian, 3.61f.

Greek (Liddell-Scott)

ἔσκε: Ἐπικ. καὶ Ἰων. ἀντὶ τοῦ ἦν, γ΄ ἑνικ. παρατ. τοῦ εἰμί.

French (Bailly abrégé)

3ᵉ sg. impf. épq. de εἰμί.

Russian (Dvoretsky)

ἔσκε: эп.-ион. (= ἦν) 3 л. sing. impf. к εἰμί.