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ἐπεὶ γὰρ...ὁ δὲ κριτής] On this irregularity, ἐπεί with the apodosis ὁ δέ,—a case of Aristotelian carelessness, his attention having been diverted from ἐπεί to ὁ 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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