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[541] πλήθους refers to the rank and file of the aspirant's following, —his popular partisans or the troops in his pay; Φίλων, to his powerful connections, —the men whose wealth and influence support him. Thus (542) χρήμασιν is substituted for φίλων. Soph. is thinking of the historical Greek τύραννος, who commonly began his career as a demagogue, or else “arose out of the bosom of the oligarchies” (Grote, vol. 3 p. 25).

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