μετὰ expresses alliance, and ὑπό, service; but there is no stress on the difference of relationships. ὀρθοῖθ̓, have a fair course, be prosperous: cp. Ant. 675“τῶν δ᾽ ὀρθουμένων ι σῴζει τὰ πολλὰ σώμαθ᾽ ἡ πειθαρχία” (n.).—Some suppose an allusion to building. The small stones, filling the interstices, keep the large stones in their places: Legg. p. 902 E “οὐδὲ γὰρ ἄνευ σμικρῶν τοὺς μεγάλους φασὶν οἱ λιθολόγοι λίθους εὖ κεῖσθαι”. ‘Great without small Make a bad wall,’ Donaldson, New Crat. § 455. The simple words do not warrant this fancy.
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