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ἀρχάς: forms of government.

ἀνθρώπων, πόλεων: objective gen. with ἀρχήν.

κατὰ νόμους: cf. i.2.41 ff.; iv. 4. 13.

τῶν τὰ νόμιμα ἐπιτελούντων: those who discharged the obligations imposed by law, a very different meaning from that involved in the modern word ‘aristocracy.’

ἐκ τιμημάτων: on the basis of property valuations.

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