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οὐκοῦν: well, then.

εἰ ἐβουλόμεθα: see on εἰ προσετέθησαν i. 4. 5.

εἶχον: see on ἐβούλετο i. 4. 14.

ἐξορμῷμεν: for the potential opt. in apod. after the ind. in prot., see on ἂν εἴη i. 2. 45.

τοῦ μετ᾽ ἀρετῆς πρωτεύειν: “preëminence in valor.”

τοῦτο: sc. τὸ μετ̓ ἀρετῆς πρωτεύειν.

δεικτέον: impers. const.; it takes as objs. both τοῦτο ... αὐτοῖς and ὡς ... κράτιστοι.

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