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‘And to those who are serious with the serious’ (earnest in anything—the opposite of those who joke παίζοντες, or use irony, when you are disposed to be serious, which makes you angry; c. 2 § 24); ‘because then you consider yourself to be treated seriously’ (which implies respect, that you are worthy of serious consideration), ‘and not with contempt’ (as in the other case, in which people seem to ‘make a joke’ of you).

σπουδάζεσθαι and καταφρονεῖσθαι] On this formation of the passive, see Append. B on I 12. 22 (at the end of the notes to Book I).

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