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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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