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Καίτοι—‘now it is true that,’ making an admission that increase of power does not increase the number of friends. The objection is answered in 5 below. (Only Bäumlein and Sta. make this clear.) ἀπράγμων—referring to other states, yet with a hint at οἱ ἀπράγμονες in Athens. μέμψαιτ᾽ ἄν— corresponds to the fut. ζηλώσει, φθονήσει. καὶ αὐτὸς—with δρᾶν, ‘he who is ambitious like ourselves.’ ζηλώσει—note the difference between ζῆλος and φθόνος. L. and S. s.v. ζῆλος. εἰ ... κέκτηται—=ὅστις κέκτηται=ὁ κεκτημένος.
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