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καὶ περὶ ὧν ἀγωνιῶσι μὴ φοβούμενοι] ‘and things about which we are excessively anxious or distress ourselves, without fear’: the acquisition of which causes us a violent mental struggle (ἀγών), distress, or anxiety, ‘agony’ in our exertions to attain, or in the fear of losing, it. The addition of μὴ φοβούμενοι is made here, because fear is the usual concomitant of the emotion, and generally included in the notion. Probl. II 31, ὅτι ἀγωνία φόβος τίς ἐστι πρὸς ἀρχὴν ἔργου (Vict.). ἀγωνιᾷν belongs to that class of verbs which imply a diseased state or condition of the mind or body; see note on πνευστιᾷν, I 2. 18.

The anxious feeling is usually excited about the kind of good things that ‘tend to our reputation’; and this is why they are praiseworthy.

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