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ἐργαζόμεναι ἠρίστων κτλ.: the informal nature of the ἄριστον enabled them to take it while at their work; the δεῖπνον, as the chief meal of the day, was eaten at the close of the day's work. For an account of the Greek meals, see Becker, Charicles (Eng. transl.), p. 310 ff.

ἑαυτούς: for the gender, see on ἐλευθέρους 2.

ἐφίλουν, ἠγάπα: sc. respectively αὐτόν and αὐτάς.

ἀργὸν ἐσθίειν: “ate the bread of idleness.”

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