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ὁπότε διεξίοι: for the mode, see on διομολογήσαιτο i. 2. 57.

διὰ τῶν μάλιστα ὁμολογουμένων ἐπορεύετο: “he proceeded from propositions generally admitted as true.” Cf. ἄρτι γὰρ δὴ καταμανθάνω, με ἐπηρώτησας ἕκαστα: ἄγων γάρ με δἰ ὧν ἐγὼ ἐπίσταμαι, ἀναπείθεις Oec. xix. 15.

ταύτην τὴν ἀσφάλειαν εἶναι λόγου: that this was the truly safe method of reasoning.

τοιγαροῦν: and so it was, that. Cf. the use of this particle in An. i. 9.

ὧν ἐγὼ οἶδα: equivalent to τούτων οὓς οἶδα.

Ὅμηρον: cf. Hom. θ 171, where Odysseus, apparently describing himself, says δ᾽ ἀσφαλέως ἀγορεύει. Cf., also, καὶ Ὅμηρος δ᾽ εἶπε: δ̓ ἀσφαλέως ἀγορεύει: τῇ ἀποδείξει τῶν ὁμολογουμένων ἀμφισβητούμενον λύειν δυνάμενος (being able to solve a vexed problem by his luminous statement of generally admitted propositions). τοῦτο καὶ Ξενοφῶν καὶ Πλάτων λέγουσι περὶ Σωκράτους, ὅτι διὰ τῶν ὁμολογουμένων ἐπορεύετο, ἐπεὶ διδάσκειν ἐβούλετο Dionys. Hal. de Arte Rhet. xi. 8.

ἀναθεῖναι τὸ εἶναι: “conferred the title.”

ὡς ἱκανὸν ὄντα: we might expect ἱκανῷ ὄντι, to agree with Ὀδυσσεῖ. The acc. is due to the attraction of the nearer ῥήτορα.

διὰ τῶν δοκούντων τοῖς ἀνθρώποις: repeats διὰ τῶν ὁμολογουμένων above.

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