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ἀλλὰ μήν: atqui.

πολλοστὸν μέρος: a very small part. Cf. μικρόν τι μέρος εἴη στρατηγίας τὰ τακτικά Cyr. i. 6. 14.

τῶν εἰς τὸν πόλεμον: the material of war. For the gen., see G. 1142; H. 754 b.

μηχανικόν: fertile in device.

φυλακτικόν, κλέπτην: on his guard (against plunderers), ready to seize (another's property by stealth).

ἀσφαλῆ: safe (i.e. cautious), in movement.

φύσει καὶ ἐπιστήμῃ: by nature and science.

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