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‘And again, anything (that we wish to do, or to effect, in the ordinary course of life, as in our business or profession) of which the origin of generation lies in things which we would (if we wished it, opt. with ἄν,) influence or control either by force or persuasion (meaning by ἐν τούτοις men in particular, as appears from what follows; but not excluding things, as circumstances, conditions and such like, the command of which might enable us to effect our purpose); such are (persons whom we can influence or control) those whose superiors we are in strength and power, or those who are under our authority, or our friends’. The two first classes illustrate the ἀναγκάζειν the force of superior strength, and of authority natural (as that of a parent or master) or legal (the authority of the magistrate); the third, friends, who are amenable to persuasion, exemplify the πείθειν.
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