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τά γ᾽ ἐγγ. φύσει, those who, by birth, are relatives: for the place of the adverbial “φύσει”, cp. El. 792τοῦ θανόντος ἀρτίως”, Aesch. PV 216τῶν παρεστώτων τότε”. For the neut., instead of “τοὺς ἐγγενεῖς”, cp. Ph. 448τὰ μὲν πανοῦργα καὶ παλιντριβῆ...τὰ δὲ δίκαια καὶ τὰ χρήστ᾽.

ἄκοσμα, unruly: so of Thersites, Il. 2.213ὅς ῥ᾽ ἔπεα φρεσὶν ᾗσιν ἄκοσμά τε πολλά τε ᾔδη, μάψ, ἀτὰρ οὐ κατὰ κόσμον, ἐριζέμεναι βασιλεῦσιν”. Cp. 730.

θρέψω with predicative adj., as 1080, O. T. 98, etc.

κάρτα τοὺς ἔξω γ., sc.ἀκόσμους θρέψω”. It is needless to supply a more general verb, like “ποιήσω”: the ruler's relation to his people justifies “θρέψω”: cp. O. T. 1 τέκνα”. ‘If I allow my own kindred to be unruly, I shall be obliged to tolerate unruliness in the citizens at large. For my authority as a ruler will be gone.’


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