ἢ χρέος ἢ θεός: a designed assonance (παρομοίωσις): cp. Isocr. or. 5 § 134 “καὶ τὴν φήμην καὶ τὴν μνήμην”: or. 4 § 45 “ἀγῶνας...μὴ μόνον τάχους: καὶ ῥώμης ἀλλὰ καὶ λόγου καὶ γνώμης.” χρέος here=“χρῆμα”, "thing," any cherished possession (cp. Il. 23.618 “καί σοι τοῦτο, γέρον, κειμήλιον ἔστω”), rather than "business," "office."
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