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Γοῦν—‘at any rate,’ introducing an illustration which explains in what sense the preceding statement is to be taken. κατέπλησσεν—later demagogues, on the contrary, tried only to humour the people. ἐγίγνετό τε—‘and so it came about that.’ This is an explicit statement that Pericles owed his ascendancy to the influence he had acquired by his abilities. λόγῳ μὲν—such a tempered democracy was the ideal constitution of Thuc. Cf. VIII. 24, 4, 97, 2. ὑπὸ ... ἀρχή—the verbal substantive constructed like a pass. partic.
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