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δή: so, then, returning to the discussion in 12-16.

συμμάχῳ: as a helper.

φυγών: in technical sense, being exiled. In 407 B.C., Critias was banished from Athens, and betook himself to the Thessalians, who had an undesirable reputation for license and immorality (cf. ἐκεὶ γὰρ πλείστη ἀταξία καὶ ἀκολασία Plato Crito 53 D). He did not return till after the disaster of Aegospotami, 405 B.C. Cf. Hell. ii. 3. 36; Grote, Hist. of Greece, c. lxv.

σεμνῶν: highborn.

θηρώμενος: a common metaphor.

κολακεύειν: prob. an interpolation to explain δυνατῶν.

κἀκεῖνος: renewal of the remote subj. (Ἀλκιβιάδης) for the sake of the contrast to ἀθληταί. Cf. iv.2.25.

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