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ἀγνῶτες . . ἐπεσενεγκάμενοι—the subject contracts, being first both parties, but then the Plataeans only: this freedom is characteristic of Thuc. πρὸς εἰδότας πάντα λελέξεται—‘you know all that can be said.’ ἡμῶν with προκαταγνόντες as well as ἀρετάς, ‘having formed the prejudice against us, that our merits’; cf. c. 45, 1. αὐτό—viz. τὸ ἥσσους εἶναι κτλ. ἄλλοις χάριν φέροντες—‘gratifying others,’ viz. the Thebans. The subject of φέροντες would more naturally be the Lacedaemonians: if the text is sound—φερόντων has been conjectured—we recall the principle qui facit per alium facit per se.
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