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ἀλλὰ μήν: as in 4, i. 1. 6.

συμμάχων: for the gen. with verbs of wanting, see G. 1112; H. 743.

οὐκ ὀλίγων: ‘litotes’; the position also helps the emphasis.

μόνος: by himself.

ἥκιστα συμβαίνει: it least of all occurs, a strong negation.

ζῶντι πειθομένῳ χρῆσθαι: “to have his faithful service while living.” For the pred. dat. with χράομαι, see H. 777 a.

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