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‘Any distinction acquired or enjoyed by one's ancestors, or kinsmen, or intimate friends, or race, or nation’ (the city in Greece is represented by the nation in modern language), ‘has a tendency to excite emulation in those same things (in which the distinction has previously manifested itself); the reason being, that in these cases people think that (these distinctions) are their own (properly belonging, appropriate, to them), and that they deserve them’. Supply, καὶ (οἴονται αὐτοὶ εἶναι) ἄξιοι τούτων. On πρόγονοι, Victorius aptly quotes Cicero, de Off. I 35, quorum vero patres aut maiores aliqua gloria praestiterunt, ii student plerumque eodem in genere laudis excellere; et seq.
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