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μὴ φῶμεν: see on ἔρωμαι 36. βία: nom. after εἶναι, as πάντα is subj. of δοκεῖ as well as of the infinitive. See G. 927; H. 940. τὸ πᾶν πλῆθος: the collective people. ἄρα: sc. “according to your view.” ἂν εἴη: for the ‘mixed’ const., see G. 1421, 1, 1437; H. 901 b, 918. ἢ νόμος: a positive answer to the question τί ἐστι νόμος (41) is, after all, not given. Xenophon is only trying to show what subjects Alcibiades liked to discuss, and how well he had learned from Socrates the art of ‘cornering’ an adversary.
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