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ἔφη, ἄν: sc. as often as occasion arose. For the iterative ἄν, see on ἂν ἔδωκε ii. 9. 4, and cf. iv.6.13.

τῶν, τῶν: const. with εὖ πεφυκότων those who were well endowed by nature.

ὥραν, ἀρετήν: without the art., see on i.2.23.

ἐτεκμαίρετο: he used to infer.

τοῦ μανθάνειν: sc. αὐτούς as subject.

οἷς προσέχοιεν: for οἷς ἂν προσέχωσι of direct discourse. G. 1431, 1497, 2; H. 914, 934.

οἰκίαν: we might expect οἶκον, after the analogy of i. 1. 7, 2. 64; ii. 1. 19.

τὸ ὅλον: omnino.

τοὺς γὰρ τοιούτους παιδευθέντας: for such natures when trained. This sent. contains the reason for the preceding τῶν εὖ πεφυκότων ἐφιέμενος.

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