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ἔπειθον ‘tried to persuade.’

ἐπιεικεῖς ‘reasonable.’

παρακατέχειν lit. ‘keep down along with (themselves).’

διαφθείρειν The sense of ἔπειθον is continued over the parenthetical clause λέγοντες . . . ἕσεσθαι.

ἀνῶσαι The metaphor may be either from ‘launching,’ cf. Hom. Od. xv. 533, ἀνώσαντες (sc. τὴν ναῦν) πλέον, or from thrusting back a creature seeking refuge.

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