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φίλτρα: with somewhat contemptuous reference to φίλτρον in 11. ἀπεκρύπτου: have been keeping (this knowledge) to yourself. Cf. ii. 6. 29; iii. 6. 3. ἢ ὀκνεῖς: the conj. like the Lat. an, when a previous declarative sent. implies a question. αἰσχρὸς φανῇς: “appear to lower yourself.” Χαιρεφῶν: described by Plato (Apol. 21A) as σφοδρὸς ἐφ̓ ὅ τι ὁρμήσειε. ἡγεμονικώτερος: better fitted to take the first step. Cf. ἡγεμονικοὶ πρὸς τὰ πονηρά Cyr. ii. 2. 25. τῷ ποιεῖσθαι: for the articular inf. after verbs and adjs., cf. 11; i. 2. 3. ἡγούμενος: cond., if you take the lead. τοῦτο: belongs in meaning to τὴν φιλίαν ταύτην, equivalent to “good terms again.”
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