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‘Now the characters of good fortune are indeed found (or exhibited, principally) in the parts (the three divisions) of those already mentioned—for all those which are considered the most important kinds of good fortune do in fact converge to these—but also besides these, good fortune (prosperity) provides an advantage (over a man's neighbours) in respect of happiness of family, and all personal gifts and accomplishments’.

πλεονεκτεῖν] must here, I think, be used, not in its ordinary and popular acquired signification, of seeking an undue share, covetousness, greed, rapacity, but in the simple and literal meaning, which it sometimes bears, of having an advantage (of any kind) over others. The ordinary sense—though Victorius appears to understand it so—seems to me quite inappropriate to the passage. These other kinds of good fortune are supplied in the list given I 5. 4, where εὐτεκνία and τὰ κατὰ τὸ σῶμα ἀγαθά, are both introduced, and the particulars of the latter enumerated.

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