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εἰ νομίζοιμι, οὐκ ἂν ἀμελοίην: for fut. conds. of the less vivid form, see G. 1408; H. 900.

φροντίζειν: the omitted subj. (αὐτούς) is unmistakably suggested by the preceding αὐτῶν.

οἵ: see on ὅς i. 2. 1.

μόνον τῶν ζῴων: alone among living beings.

ἀνέστησαν: 1 aor., the trans. use. For trans. and intr. senses in the same verb, see G. 1231; H. 500, and a.

πλέον: belongs to προορᾶν.

ἔπειτα: without δέ, as εἶτα in i. 2. 1.

ἑρπετοῖς: elsewhere used for ζῷα chiefly by the poets. Cf. ὅσσ᾽ ἐπὶ γαῖαν | ἑρπετὰ γίγνονται καὶ ὕδωρ καὶ θεσπιδαὲς πῦρ Hom. δ 418.

οἷς: for the dative of means, see G. 1181; H. 776.

ἐκείνων: i.e. τῶν ἑρπετῶν.

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