μείζον᾽: whoever recognises a friend more important than his country, —i.e. with stronger claims upon him: ἀντὶ τῆς...πάτρας instead of the simple gen., or ἤ with accus., as Tr. 576 “ὥστε μήτιν᾽ εἰσιδὼν ι στέρξει γυναῖκα κεῖνος ἀντὶ σοῦ πλέον”. Cp. 638 (“γάμος”) “μείζων φέρεσθαι”, more important to win: O. T. 772 “τῷ γὰρ ἂν καὶ μείζονι ι λέξαιμ᾽ ἂν ἢ σοί”..., ‘to whom more important,’ i.e. with a better claim on my confidence,— nearer and dearer. μεῖζον (which was written by the first hand in L) is specious, —‘a more important thing,’ a greater good: cp. Eur. Or. 784 “μέγα γὰρ ηὑγένειά σου”, Andr. 209“ἡ Λάκαινα μὲν πόλις ι μέγ᾽ ἐστί”. But Demosthenes, at least, seems to have read “μείζον᾽”: for, in applying the verses to Aeschines, he paraphrases thus (or. 19 § 248): “τούτων οὐδὲν Αἰσχίνης εἶπε πρὸς αὑτὸν ἐν τῇ πρεσβείᾳ, ἀλλ᾽ ἀντὶ μὲν τῆς πόλεως τὴν Φιλίππου ξενίαν καὶ φιλίαν πολλῷ μείζονα ἡγήσατο αὑτῷ καὶ λυσιτελεστέραν, ἐρρῶσθαι πολλὰ φράσας τῷ σοφῷ Σοφοκλεῖ.” οὐδαμοῦ λέγω: Aesch. Pers. 497 “θεοὺς δέ τις ι τὸ πρὶν νομίζων οὐδαμοῦ, τότ᾽ ηὔχετο”. Eur. Andr. 210 “Σκῦρον οὐδαμοῦ τίθης” (nullo in numero habes). Xen. Mem. 1.2.52 “ὥστε μηδαμοῦ παρ᾽ αὐτοῖς τοὺς ἄλλους εἶναι πρὸς αὐτόν”, ‘so that the rest were nowhere with them in comparison to him.’ So “οὐδενὸς λόγου” (or “ἐν οὐδενὶ λόγῳ”) “ποιεῖσθαι, ἐν οὐδεμιᾷ μοίρᾳ ἄγειν”, etc.
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