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ἀξίαι: prices.

δυοῖν μναῖν: nominally equivalent to about thirtysix dollars, but in purchasing power equal to six or eight times that amount to-day. Ten minae ($180) is here indicated as a good price for a good slave, which would about correspond to the $1000 or $1200 often paid for a ‘likely’ house-servant in our own ante-bellum slavery days. See on i. 2. 1.

Νικίας: the well-known Athenian general, who with his whole army was destroyed in the fatal Sicilian expedition (413 B.C.). He had a profitable lease of silver mines at Laurium, in the southern part of Attica, and is said to have employed a thousand slaves. Cf. Thuc. vii. 86.

ταλάντου: see on i.2.1.

σκοποῦμαι δή: quaero igitur, resuming the thread of the conversation, as in i. 2. 24.

εἰ ἄρα: whether possibly. So ἄρα after πόσου in 4.

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