previous next

καὶ οἷς μηδεὶς ἐχθρὸς πολλοί] is a return to the original construction of § 3. Supply οἴονται δύνασθαι πράττειν κ.τ.λ. or simply οἴονται δύνασθαι ἀδικεῖν. And also those (are disposed to do wrong, or think they can do it undetected or with impunity) who have no enemy at all or a great many: the former think they will escape undetected because there is no one (no enemy) to take precautions against them (and their attempts); the latter pass undiscovered, because they are not likely (ἄν) to be suspected of assailing people when they are on their guard against them (as enemies), διὰ τὸ μὴ δοκεῖν ἂν ἐπιχειρῆσαι ‘because they would not be thought (lit. seem) likely to assail’, ‘because no one would think them likely to assail’; and also, if they are suspected or detected (so Victorius), (and brought before a court of justice), they have a defence ready that they never would have made, were not at all likely to make, such an attempt; that is, that their guilt is highly improbable; Corax's topic of τὸ εἰκός again.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: