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εἰδὼς δ᾽ ἀμύνωκ.τ.λ.”, “"and I have experienced these qualities which I requite (acknowledge) with these words"”: cp. Ph. 602῾τηε γοδς᾿ ἔργ᾽ ἀμύνουσιν κακά”, requite evil deeds. The stress is on εἰδώς, which is interpreted by the next v., ἔχω γάρ etc. Better thus than, “"and I am conscious that I requite these merits (merely) with these (feeble) words."” For that sense we should need something like “φαύλοις δ᾽ ἀμύνων οἶδα τοῖς λόγοις τάδε”.— Others render: “"And as one who has had experience I thus support these sayings (about Athens),"

τάδε being an adverbial cogn. acc., as O. T. 264τάδ᾽ ὡσπερεὶ τοὐμοῦ πατρὸς ὑπερμαχοῦμαι”. But τοῖσδε τοῖς λόγοις would then refer to what others say of Athens, whereas it plainly refers to what he himself has just said.

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