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καλλίω γάρ] § 24. Virtue is the only true object of ‘praise’, ἔπαινος. Introd. Appendix Bk. I, c. 9, p. 212 seq. ὧν αἱ τιμαί κ.τ.λ.] ‘and things (especially actions) may be regarded as ‘greater’, or superior in respect of their power or effect, of which the honours or rewards are greater; because honours and rewards are as it were (may be considered) a kind of valuation, estimate of the value, of a thing, ἀξία, which will afford a comparison, or measure of the comparative value of two things: and the opposite acts which involve a higher penalty, are superior in a sense, more important and effective. ζημίαι, not ‘losses’, ἀποβολαί, as it has been understood, but ‘penalties’, directly opposed to τιμαί ‘rewards’. So Victorius.
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