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τὸ ἧττον προσδεόμενον θατέρου ἢ ἑτέρων] ‘that which less stands in need of any subsidiary aid’ (to make it a good), ‘either of the other’ (when two things are brought into comparison, as wealth and health,) ‘or of other things (in general)’. A topic, which may be brought under this of the Rhetoric, but is not identical with it, occurs in Top. Γ 2, 117 a 37, where justice is preferred to courage on the ground of its comparative αὐτάρκεια, though this word is not there employed. Victorius quotes in illustration Virgil's comparison of the ‘olive’ and ‘vine’. Georg. II 421, 2 and 428. (Victorius has here quoted from memory, and forgotten the original. It is not the ‘vine’ but ‘poma’, of which is said, vi propria nituntur opisque haud indiga nostrae; and the example is hardly in point. The note is cited by Gaisford without remark). αὐταρκέστερον] ‘it makes a nearer approach to independence, selfsufficiency’: appealing to the definitions of good in c. 6, 2, of which τὸ αὔταρκες is one. On αὐτάρκεια, note on c. 5, 3, ἡ δ᾽ αὐτάρκεια τέλος καὶ βέλτιστον. Pol. I 2, 1253 a 1. ῥᾳόνων] ‘easier’ to do or to get, to effect or procure, πράττειν ἢ ποιεῖν ἢ κτήσασθαι.
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