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πολλοῖς μὲν ὄνασις, by cheering them, and inciting to worthy effort. This clause is inserted merely for the sake of contrast with the next. When Greek idiom thus co-ordinates two clauses, the clause which we should subordinate to the other is that which has “μέν”; as here, ‘though a blessing to many.’ So O. C. 1536 (n.), “εὖ μὲν ὀψέ δ᾽”, ‘late, though surely.’

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