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[568a] he must employ after destroying his former associates.” “But such are indeed those he does make use of,” he said. “And these companions admire him,” I said, “and these new citizens are his associates, while the better sort hate and avoid him.” “Why should they not?” “Not for nothing,1” said I, “is tragedy in general esteemed wise, and Euripides beyond other tragedians.2” “Why, pray?” “Because among other utterances of pregnant thought3 he said,

1 For οὐκ ἐτός cf. 414 E. The idiom is frequent in Aristoph. Cf. e.g.Acharn. 411, 413, Birds 915, Thesm. 921, Plut. 404, 1166, Eccl. 245.

2 This is plainly ironical and cannot be used by the admirers of Euripides.

3 Cf.πυκιναὶ φρένεςIliad xiv. 294,πυκινὸς νόος xv. 41 etc.

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