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τί δὲ οἴει διαφέρειν κτλ.: and how do you suppose your behavior is any wiser than that of the athlete who, when proved superior to trained opponents, yet fears the untrained? Cf. ἀσκηταὶ ὄντες τῶν καλῶν κἀγαθῶν ἔργων ἴωμεν ἐπὶ τοὺς πολεμίους, ἰδιώτας ὄντας Cyr. i. 5. 11. The Olympic victors are contrasted with ἰδιῶται in iii. 12. 1.

ἐν τῇ πόλει: “in public life.”

φροντίσασι, μηδὲ κατεφρονηκόσι: note the difference between the aor. and the pf. participle, men who never gave a thought, and have conceived no contempt for you.

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