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Xenophon cannot wholly refute the charge that the teachings of Socrates weakened public respect for existing laws; so he blends it with the other charge ποιεῖν βιαίους, maintaining that while Socrates criticised certain governmental institutions, his criticism could never lead to acts of violence.

τοὺς φρόνησιν ἀσκοῦντας: those who cultivate practical wisdom.

τὰ συμφέροντα: as in i. 1. 3. For the double acc., see G. 1069; H. 724.

τοὺς πολίτας: their fellowcitizens.

εἰδότας: because they know.οἱ μὲν γὰρ βιασθέντες κτλ.: for men who have suffered violence are filled with hatred, feeling that they have been robbed. For the thought, cf. Aesop's fable of the Wind and the Sun.

κεχαρισμένοι: beneficiis affecti.

οὔκουν: declarative negation.

τῶν ἀσκούντων: pred.gen.of characteristic.

τὸ τοιαῦτα πράττειν: i.e. τὸ βιάζεσθαι.

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