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ἀμφοτέρων—τὸ νόμιμον and τὸ ἴσον. ἡμαρτήκαμεν—the subj. perf., of what may turn out afterwards to have been the case, might have been used. λόγον—i.e. μακρότερα εἰπεῖν, c. 52, 5. τό τε ἐπερώτημα βραχὺ ὄν—accus. abs. co-ordinated with the preceding gen. abs, both expressing cause. τὰ μὲν ἀληθῆ is obj. of ἀποκρίνασθαι; the infin. clause is subj. to γίγνεται. Hence ἐναντία sc. ήμῖν, is for ἐναντίον, which is awkward after τὰ άληθῆ: some think ἐναντίον should be read. (The other view, that ἀποκρίνασθαι is epexegetic, ἀληθὴς ἀποκρίνασθαι, is most improbable, and ᾧ is then grammatically impossible.) τὰ δὲ ψευδῆ—sc. ἀποκρίνασθαι. ἔλεγχον ἔχει—‘can be confuted.’
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