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προθεῖναι—of the orators. πιστήν—‘hope relying on (the speaker's) eloquence,’ is contrasted with ‘hope gained by bribery (of the speaker),’ cf. c. 38, 2; one speaker's eloquence, another's venality, may prompt him to take up the cause of Lesbos. ξυγγνώμην ἁμαρτεῖν ἀνθρωπίνως λήψονται—‘that they will be excused for having erred humanly,’ i.e. through human frailty not deliberately: πῶς ἂν τό γ᾽ ἄκον πρᾶγμ᾽ ἂν εἰκότως ψέγοις; Soph. OC. 977. 4 ἄκοντες—the οὐ applies to this also, but is attracted to the verb. ξύγγνωμον = ξυγγνώμης ἄξιον, as also, perhaps, in IV. 98, but not elsewhere.
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