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παραβαίνεται δέ: without a preceding μέν, a forcible opposition.

διώκειν: to seek the company of, as in ii. 8. 6.—διὰ δὲ τὸ λυσιτελεῖν κτλ.: yet on account of the special advantage of associating with such men, they constantly seek their company.

θεοῖς ταῦτα πάντα ἔοικε: all that seems very much like gods, by which Hippias confirms what he has already (19) in general admitted. The comparison is a condensed one (comparatio compendiaria); i.e. with the gods instead of with their works. See on πρὸς τοὺς Ἀθηναίους iii. 5. 4, and cf. ὁμοίαν ταῖς δούλαις εἶχε τὴν ἐσθῆτα Cyr. v. 1. 4.

τὸ τοὺς νόμους τὰς τιμωρίας ἔχειν: the fact that the laws carry with them their own penalties.

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