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ὑπ᾽ αὐτῶν βλαπτώμεθα—for the result of their joining Syr. see c. 84, 1. πολλὰ δ᾽ ἀναγκάζεσθαι—‘the expression here, πολλὰ πράσσειν, is susceptible of both a bad and a good sense: and such is its use in Eur. Sup. 576, where the Theban herald says to Theseus πράσσειν σὺ πόλλ᾽ εἴωθας ἥ τε σὴ πόλις, and Theseus replies τοίγαρ πονοῦσα πολλὰ πόλλ̓ εὐδαιμονεῖ’ (Bloomfield). πολυπραγμοσύνη was characteristic of Athenians and was thought a reproach to them. In II. 40 Pericles says that at Athens ὁ ἀπράγμων, the man who held aloof from public affairs, was thought ἀχρεῖος—of no use to the state. πολλὰ φυλασσόμεθα—‘we have to guard against many dangers.’ οὐκ ἄκλητοι, παρακληθέντες δέ—Bloomfield quotes Aesch. Choeph. 825 ἥκω μὲν οὐκ ἄκλητος, ἀλλ᾽ ὑπάγγελος. The figure is a common one. Cf. Lys. 13, 19 ἄκοντα . . καὶ μὴ ἑκόντα μηνύειν.
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