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ἐπεὶ γὰρ... δὲ κριτής] On this irregularity, ἐπεί with the apodosis δέ,—a case of Aristotelian carelessness, his attention having been diverted from ἐπεί to μὲν κατηγορῶν—see the parallel examples quoted on I 1. 11.

ἂν οὕτως ἐλύθη of course cannot stand, though Spengel retains it in his recent text. It must be either ἂν οὕτωσι λυθῇ, which seems the simplest and most natural alteration; or, as Bekker, εἰ οὕτως ἐλύθη.

On the dicast's oath, γνώμῃ τῇ ἀριστῇ, or more usually τῇ δικαιοτάτῃ, κρίνειν, see Introd. note 1, p. 273.

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