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φύσει] Introd. p. 224.— ἀεὶ ὡς ἐπὶ τὸ πολύ, ‘either constantly, or as a general rule’: the latter alternative allows for the possible objection of τὰ παρὰ φύσιν to the perfect regularity of the operations of Nature.

καὶ τύχη αἰτία] The καί admits that chance as well as Nature may be the cause of these unaccountable monstra, these deviations from the ordinary laws of nature; but leaves the question unsettled.

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