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τῶν φίλων τὰ θηρατικά: the arts for winning friends. κατειπεῖν σου: to say in disparagement of you, humorously used of a favorable utterance. Critobulus, appreciating the pleasantry, replies κατηγόρει go on with your accusation. ἄγασαί τε αὐτοῦ: the gen. of the person with ἄγαμαι is very rare when the quality which occasions the admiration is omitted. Usually, when the gen. is used, the quality admired is expressed in an explanatory sent., as in iv. 2. 9, or by a participle added to the genitive. Cf. ἄγαμαι τοῦ καταμετρήσαντός (who has measured off) σοι καὶ διατάξαντος ἕκαστα τούτων Oec. iv. 21. τοὺς ἐπαινοῦντας: the idea of praising is contained in ἄγασαι and ἐπιθυμεῖς φίλος αὐτοῦ εἶναι.
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