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Παρηβήκατε—antithesis to οἷς ἔτι ἡλικία. κέρδος— predicate, in an unexpected place, and so emphatic. τόνδε —‘your present life,’ i e. your sorrow will be short-lived, because your lives are drawing to a close. τὸ φιλότιμον— ‘love of honour,’ which would be gratified in their case, as they would be honoured on account of their children's fame. ἐν τῷ ἀχρείῳ τῆς ἡλικίας—cf. c. 40, 2, = ἐν τῷ γήρᾳ. τὸ κερδαίνειν ... τὸ τιμᾶσθαι—a true description of the ‘last infirmity’ of base and noble minds respectively. ἀλλὰ—c. 40, 1, 43, 2.
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