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He has two distinct pleas, (1) provocation, and (2) ignorance. These could have been expressed by ἀντέδρων (1) παθὼν μέν, (2) “εἰδὼς δ᾽ οὐδέν”. But (2) is forestalled by the thought that, if he had known, (1) would have excused him. This hypothesis is then contrasted with the fact (273); and the fact on his side is next contrasted with the fact on the other (274). Hence παθὼν μέν has no clause really answering to it; for νῦν δ̓ answers to εἰ φρονῶν, and ὑφ᾽ ὧν δ̓ to οὐδὲν εἰδώς. The impf. (ἀντέδρων) expresses the situation ("I was retaliating"): the aor. (273), an act accomplished at a definite moment.

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