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οἶμαι μέν: as in ii. 6. 5.—εἰ τούς γε παλαιοτάτους κτλ.: the Eng. order of thought seems to be εἰ ἀναμιμνῄσκοιμεν αὐτοὺς ἀκηκοότας τούς γε παλαιοτάτους ὧν (equivalent to τούτων, οὕς) ἀκούομεν προγόνους αὐτῶν ἀρίστους γεγονέναι. “We have only to remind them of the fact, which they have heard often enough (at school and elsewhere), that their ancestors, as far back as we have any record, were men of highest valor.” The omitted apod. is, of course, διδάσκοιμεν ἄν, to be const. (with ὡς or ὅτι) as obj. of οἶμαι.

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