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τῆς ὑπαρχούσης ἀκολασίας—‘we (i.e. the whole family) tried to show a moderation in political life that contrasted with the prevailing license.’

ἄλλοι δ᾽ ἦσαν—the extreme democrats are meant, including the demagogues of his own day—Cleon, Hyperbolus, and Androcles. As for ἐπὶ τῶν πάλαι, this contrast being a mere assertion of Alc., it is hardly necessary to look for a precise reference; but in the Ath. Pol. c. 24 stress is laid on the influence of Aristides in this direction.

πονηρότερα—see Index.

ἐξῆγον—see Index.

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