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24. ἐμμελέωςνέμεται. ἐμμελέως belongs to εἰρημένον, and νέμεται is poetic for νομίζεται: cf. (with Sauppe) Soph. O.R. 1080 ἐγὼ δ᾽ ἐμαυτὸν παῖδα τῆς τύχης νέμων. The story is (schol. to Plato, Hipp. Maior, 304E quoted by Sauppe) that Pittacus, when ruler of Mitylene, on hearing of Periander's rapid conversion into a tyrant, sat down at an altar and begged to be released of his rule, assigning as his reason ὡς χαλεπὸν ἐσθλὸν ἔμμεναι. The scholiast adds that Solon when he heard the remark capped it with χαλεπὰ τὰ καλά. Pittacus is mentioned side by side with Bias and Simonides as one of the σοφοὶ καὶ μακάριοι ἄνδρες in Rep. I. 335E.

29-31. o(mologei=sqai—o(mologei=n. The middle is said of things, and the active of persons, according to the general rule.

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