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ἐδιδάσκετο, viz. c. 46, § 2. ἐδεδίδακτο might seem more apposite, and the translators say ‘had been taught.’ But Tissaphernes is still under the influence of Alcibiades, and though A. wishes him to favour the Athenian side rather than the Lacedaemonian, yet he recommends him to wear out the Greeks upon each other (c. 46). The imperfect is therefore sound, ‘according to the lesson he was learning from him.’ εἶδος Cf. ii. 41, ἐπὶ πλεῖστα εἴδη; vi. 77, ὁρῶντες αὐτοὺς ἐπὶ τοῦτο τὸ εἶδος τρεπομένους. There was perhaps originally a metaphor from metamorphoses such as those of the gods, Proteus, etc.
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