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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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