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Κρίτωνος: a wealthy Athenian, and one of Socrates's best friends. After the philosopher's condemnation, Crito vainly tried to induce him to escape from prison (cf. Plato Crito). Like other rich citizens, he suffered from the vexatious calumnies and lawsuits fastened on him by malicious accusers (συκοφάνται). This species of blackmail seems to have been viewed indulgently by the community, as affording a wholesome check to the rapacity of ‘capital,’ and as conducing to the success of the democracy. See Becker, Charicles, pp. 55, 56, and the passages there cited.

χαλεπὸν βίος: for the neut., see on χρησιμώτερον ii. 3. 1.

τὰ ἑαυτοῦ: his own affairs.

πράγματα ἔχειν: have trouble, occasioned by lawsuits.

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