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τοὺς δὲ καλοὺς κτλ.: with ellipsis of the correlative μέν clause τὰ μὲν φαλάγγια ἐνιέναι τι λέγεις. Cf. οὐ δ᾽ ᾤου iii. 3. 11.

θηρίον: for the application of this term to human beings, cf. iii.11.11.

τοσούτῳ δεινότερον, ὅσῳ: as much more dangerous, in proportion as. In the clauses introduced by ὅσῳ there is another comparison, between the easier method of avoiding (suggested by ἁψάμενα), and the more difficult one (suggested by οὐδ᾽ ἁπτόμενον): Cf. Cyr. vi. 2. 19.

ἐκεῖνα, τοῦτο: τοῦτο sometimes, as here, refers to what is nearer in importance to the speaker, though more remote in the sentence. ἐκεῖνα, therefore, refers to τῶν φαλαγγίων.

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