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λεκτικούς, πρακτικούς, μηχανικούς: the development of these three qualities will be discussed in chaps. 6, 5, and 7 respectively. πρότερον, ἐγγενέσθαι: see on i.2.17. σωφροσύνην: lit. soundness of soul; in this chapter, a right attitude of mind. See Introd. § 20. ταῦτα δυναμένους: sc. λέγειν καὶ πράττειν, briefly indicated in τὰ πολιτικά in i. 2. 17. ἀδικωτέρους, δυνατωτέρους: sc. than they were before acquiring the above-mentioned qualities (ταῦτα). πρῶτον, περὶ θεοὺς: cf. ‘the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.’
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