τὸν ἐσθλὸν ἄνδρα is object to “βλάπτειν”. Some take “τὸν ἐσθλὸν” as subject, and “ἄνδρα” alone as object. But (a) the merit of the dead man comes into account here; cp. 1355: and (b) “οὐ δίκαιον” puts the precept on the broadest ground; it is not merely a point of honour for the “ἐσθλός.” εἰ θάνοι: for the opt. in general statement, cp. 521 “εἰ..πάθοι” (n.).
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