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οὐ μὰ τὸν Δία: sc. ἀπορῶ. For the particles of swearing, cf. i.2.9.

οὕτω γε σκοπουμένῳ (sc. τινί): to any one considering it from that point of view. For the dat. of relation, see on τῇ πόλει i. 1. 1.

τεχνήμασι: contrivances.

τὸ δὲ ἐμφῦσαι: the omitted pred. (τίνι ταῦτα ἔοικε;) of this sent. may be readily anticipated from the answer.

ἀμέλει: originally an imv. equivalent to feel no anxiety, hence, as adv., assuredly.

μηχανήμασι: not essentially different from τεχνήμασι.

τινὸς ζῷα κτλ.: of one who has determined the existence of living beings.

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