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ἐν γνώμῃ φίλα, acceptable ‘in his judgment,’ i.e., when he ponders them. Distinguish the phrase in Her. 6. 37ἦν δὲ Μιλτιάδης Κροίσῳ..ἐν γνώμῃ γεγονώς”, ‘had won his esteem.’

κεῖνός τ᾽ ἐκεῖνα κ.τ.λ., an expression of settled conviction, serving to close the speech, as in O. C. 1665, “εἰ δὲ μὴ δοκῶ φρονῶν λέγειν”, | “οὐκ ἂν παρείμην οἶσι μὴ δοκῶ φρονεῖν”. Milton imitates this trait of Greek tragic style in Dalila's last words to Samson:—‘At this whoever envies or repines, | I leave him to his lot, and like my own’ (Sams. 995). For the sentiment cp. Suppl. 466 “σοὶ μὲν δοκείτω ταῦτ̓, ἐμοὶ δὲ τἀντία”. Evenus fr. 1. 4 (Bergk) “σοὶ μὲν ταῦτα δοκοῦντ᾽ ἔστω, ἐμοὶ δὲ τάδε”.

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    • Herodotus, Histories, 6.37
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