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λειτουργεῖν: i.e. to perform those public services which the state required from its richer citizens, such as furnishing and training choruses for dramatic performances, and fitting out triremes for the use of the state. For an account of these and the less important ‘liturgies,’ see Schömann, Antiq. of Greece, p. 459 ff. For the derivation of the word, see Lex. s. v. λειτουργός.

Κολλυτεύς: of the Attic deme Collytus.

ὠνούμενοι ἔχουσιν: purchase and keep.

ὥστ᾽ ἀναγκάζειν: so that they can compel.

καλῶς ἔχει: “whatever is desirable,” sc. ἐργάζεσθαι.

ἐγὼ δέ (sc. ἔχω): while I have with me.

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