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πιστά—refers to ἀπιστήσαντες: ‘monet ne ex summa incuria in extremum terrorem irruant’ (Oehler, In Herm. Orationem). Sc. αὐτά ἐστι.

πάσχειν—‘they will not be in a position to inflict more on us than they suffer.’

ἀνωφελές—‘is it disadvantageous.’ See crit. note.

ἢν ἄρα—‘if in the issue’ (Wilkins).

δὴ . . γε—these particles, as Herbst shows, are added to οὐ γάρ or μὴ γάρ to increase their force.

κάλλιστον ἔργονII. 42 κινδύνων κάλλιστος, VII. 68 κινσπανιὠτατοι.

κάλλιστον δὴ ἔργον ἡμῖν—the same number of syllables follows ξυμβήσεται καί: this is called παρίσωσις.

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