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[836] τῆς ἐλπίδος The art. is due to the mention of ἐλπίδα just before, but its force is not precisely, “the hope of which you speak.” Rather ἐλπίδα is “some hope,” τῆς ἐλπίδος is “hope” in the abstract: cp. Dem. 19.88ἡλίκα πᾶσιν ἀνθρώποις ἀγαθὰ ἐκ τῆς εἰρήνης γίγνεται,” i.e. “from peace,” not “the peace.”

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