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[553b] suddenly dashed,1 as a ship on a reef,2 against the state, and making complete wreckage3 of both his possessions and himself perhaps he has been a general, or has held some other important office, and has then been dragged into court by mischievous sycophants and put to death or banished4 or outlawed and has lost all his property—” “It is likely,” he said. “And the son, my friend, after seeing and suffering these things, and losing his property, grows timid, I fancy, and forthwith thrusts headlong5 from his bosom's throne6

1 For πταίσαντα cf.Aesch.Prom. 926, Ag. 1624 (Butl. emend.).

2 Cf. Aesch.Ag. 1007, Eumen. 564, Thuc. vii. 25. 7, and Thompson on Phaedr. 255 D.

3 Lit. “spilling.” Cf. Lucian, Timon 23.

4 For ἐκπεσόντα cf. 560 A, 566 A. In Xen.An. vii. 5. 13 it is used of shipwreck. Cf.εκ̓βάλλοντες488 C.

5 Cf. Herod. vii. 136.

6 Cf. Aesch.Ag. 983. Cf. 550 B.

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