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Τοῖς τἆλλα χείροσι—not referring to any among the dead, but purely hypothetical, and intending to lead to a conclusion a fortiori. If men who have often proved themselves base can by one act rehabilitate themselves, how much more are these men noble who never in any case sbrank from danger? The dat. depends on δίκαιόν (ἐστι). προτίθεσθαι— =προτιμᾶσθαι (see 4 below), pass. They may have preferred wealth and ease to serving their country: in estimating them, we must prefer their one great sacrifice. ἀφανίσαντες—so that not the least trace of their failings remains. ὠφέλησαν —the aor. are gnomic. ἐκ τῶν ἰδιῶν—‘through their private life.’ Pericles is thinking of the indifference to state affairs against which he warns his hearers. See Intr. p. lxxiii.
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