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ἀλλὰ μήν: but further. See on i. 1. 6.

κἀκεῖνο: see on 16.

καὶ μήν: strong transition, and again.οἱ συμμαχεῖν ἐθέλοντες κτλ.: i.e. you must win not merely their willingness, but also their readiness. Cf. i.4.18.

κρεῖττον (sc. ἐστί): better, i.e. more advantageous.

ἐλάττονας: sc. ὄντας, concessive.

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