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Τῶν νῦν—sc. πόλεων. ἀκοῆς κρείσσων—‘superior to what men have heard of her.’ ἐς πεῖραν ἔρχεται—‘proves herself in the hour of trial.’ τῷ πολεμίῳ—collective. [ ἐπελθόντι]—spurious, for (1) it destroys the balance to τῷ ὑπηκόῳ, (2) the sense requires that enemies in general should be referred to, not merely enemies who attack Athens; nor could Pericles mean that Athens never attacked anyone. ἔχει—=παρέχει. Cf. c. 61, 2. οἵων—i.e. φαύλων. οὐχ ὑπ᾽ ἀξίων—=ὑπ᾽ ἀναξίων, the neg. preceding the prep. as usual. Contrast c. 49, 3.
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