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1. 21. καὶ οὐ περὶ κτλ — ‘so, it seems (ἄρα ironical), Athens was not contending for the freedom of Greece nor Greece for her own when they resisted the Persians: Athens resisted them in order to substitute dependence on herself for dependence on them; Greece resisted to secure a change to a new master, who had not less sense, but made a worse use of his cleverness’; i.e., as Freeman says, ‘the other Gks. had simply exchanged the Mede for a master of greater understand ing, but of understanding used only for mischief,’ as they found afterwaids. οἱ δ᾽ ἐπί—strictly this should be οἱ δὲ δ. μεταβολῆς, still depending on περὶ δέ. δεσπότου μ.—cf. c. 18, 7 n. The artificiality of this passage is censured by Dion. Hal.
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