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ἐπ᾽ αὐτοῖς—besides ἔρως and ἐλπίς. καὶ ἐκ τῶν ὑποδεεστέρων—‘even with insufficient means.’ οὐχ ἧσσον—i.e. even more than men. περὶ τῶν μεγίστων τε—sc. κινδυνεύουσι. For the τε, which, though found only in C, is probably right, cf. IV. 80 ἑτοίμων ὄντων τρέφειν τε καὶ ἐπὶ ἀποστάσει σφᾶς ἐπικαλουμένων. μετὰ πάντων . . ἐδόξασεν—‘each individual acting with the whole community . . rates himself considerably above the reality,’ i.e. exaggerates his own strength. The reading of the best MSS. is αὐτῶν for αὑτόν. For δοξάζω with personal obj. cf. Xen. Cyr. V. 5, 46 ἀλκιμώτατος δοξάζεται εἶναι. ἐπὶ πλέον τι together.
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