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[303] ἧς sc. νόσου. προστάτην νόσου, a protector from a plague: strictly, one who stands in front of, shields, the city's distempered state. Cp. Soph. Aj. 803πρόστητ᾽ ἀναγκαίας τύχης,shelter my hard fate. In Eur. Andr. 220χείρον᾽ ἀρσένων νόσον ταύτην νοσοῦμεν, ἀλλὰ προὔστημεν καλῶς,” “we suffer this distemper more cruelly than men, but ever rule it well,” the idea is that of administering (not protecting), as in προΐστασθαι τῆς ἡλικίας, to regulate one's own early years, Isoc. 15.290. Cp. 882.

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