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μὲν Πείσανδρος, answered by δὲ Λέων κ.τ.λ., c. 55, § 1.

τὰς ξυνωμοσίας κ.τ.λ. Cf. Livy, ix. 26, coitiones honorum adipiscendorum causa factae (called also factiones, sodalitates). Grote has a full note on the subject in Hist. G. pt. ii. c. lxii These caucuses and clubs are alluded to in Plat. Rep. 365 D, ἐπὶ τὸ λανθάνειν ξυνωμοσίας τε καὶ ἑταιρείας συνάξομεν, by which βιασόμεθα ὡς πλεονεκτοῦντες μὴ διδόναι δίκην. Cf. Plat. Theaet. 173 D, σπουδαὶ ἑταιρειῶν ἐπ᾽ ἀρχάς. They are said here to be intended ‘to control lawsuits and offices.’ An oath of such a ξυνωμοσία is given in Aristot. Pol. v. 7, 19, as τῷ δήμῳ κακόνους ἔσομαι καὶ βουλεύσω τι ἂν ἔχω κακόν.

ἐπὶ τοῖς παροῦσιν ‘to suit the present exigcncies.’

διαμέλλεσθαι impersonal passive: ‘so that there should be no delay.’

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