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ὡς ἐφ᾽ ἃ ἤλθομεν—and so, as concerns the original object of the expedition, consider that, etc. ὡς with gen. abs. is often used thus with διανοοῦμαι and such words See M.T. 918. Plat. Rep. 523C ὡς ἐγγύθεν ὁρμωμένους λέγοντός μου διανοοῦ. οὕτω τὴν γνώμην ἔχετε—cf. Dem. 18.291 οὐχ ὡς ἂν εὔνους καὶ δίκαιος πολίτης ἔσχε τὴν γνώμην. A patriot's part is to deplore the misfortune of his country, but not to attack the statesmen unless they are really culpable. ἀνταρκούντων . . . δέον—the change is necessary because the 2nd partie. is impersonal. Cf. 25, 9 ὄντων . . . διαπεπολεμησόμενον. μεταπέμπειν . . . ἐπιπέμπειν—paronomasia, as II. 60.1 κακοτυχῶν ἐν εὐτυχούσῃ, 98.3 ἀπεγίγνετο μὲν οὐδέν, προσεγίγνετο δέ. (It is one of the σχήματα λέξεως first taught by Gorgias.) ἀδύνατος—recalling the technical term for οἱ τὸ σῶμα πεπηρωμένοι at Athens.
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