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This short but impassioned outburst cannot be a reply to the long and confused argument of Aeschines (32—48). See Essay 1., Remarks on §§ 120, 121.

3. τούτους δ᾽ ἀναγορευέτω (sc. κῆρυξ): the quoted passage πλὴν ἐὰν ...ἀναγορευέτω appears to be an addition to the law quoted by Aeschines in 32, ἐὰν μέν τινα βουλὴ στεφανοῖ, ἐν τῷ βουλευτηρίῳ ἀνακηρύττεσθαι, ἐὰν δὲ δῆμος, ἐν τῇ ἐκκλησίᾳ, ἄλλοθι δὲ μηδαμοῦ. This would mean that Aeschines read a mutilated law to the court, which in full would have told against him, and that Demosthenes simply supplied the omitted words and so ended the argument. This is more than we can believe either of Aeschines or of the court. Our trouble is, that we do not know what law the clerk read to the court at the end of § 120, and therefore do not know in what connection the words now quoted by Demosthenes stood.

5. ἑλλεβορίζεις: see Ar. Vesp. 1489, πῖθ᾽ ἑλλέβορον, i.e. you are mad; Hor. Sat. II. 3, 166, naviget Anticyram; A. Poet. 300, tribus Anticyris caput insanabile.—οὐδ̓ αἰσχύνει...εἰσάγων: for the difference between αἰσχύνομαι εἰσάγειν and αἰσχύνομαι εἰσάγων, which in the negative form is not very important, see M.T. 881, 903.1. This appears clearly in Xen. Cyr. V. 1, 21: τοῦτο μὲν οὐκ αἰσχύνομαι λέγων: τὸ δὲ... αἰσχυνοίμην ἂν λέγειν.—φθόνου δίκην, a suit based merely on φθόνος, opposed to ἀδικήματος δίκην, a suit (to get redress) for an offence (cf. § 279.1).

7. τῶν δ᾽ ἀφαιρῶν μέρη, and cut- ting out parts of others, as if τοὺς μὲν μεταποιῶν had preceded, which is the reading of all MSS. except Σ. The use of τῶν δέ alone gives the clause the appearance of a sudden afterthought; and, so far from showing carelessness, it may be a rhetorical device to give emphasis. The same occurs in XIX. 180: ὅσοι διὰ ταῦτ᾽ ἀπολώλασι παῤ ὑμῖν, οἱ δὲ χρήματα πάμπολλ̓ ὠφλήκασιν, and XXVII. 9: κατέλιπε...μαχαιροποιοὺς μὲν τριάκοντα καὶ δύο τρεῖς, ἀνὰ πέντε μνᾶς καὶ ἓξ, τοὺς δ̓ οὐκ ἐλάσσονος τριῶν μνῶν ἀξίους.—ὅλους δίκαιον ἦν ἀναγιγνώσκεσθαι, ought to be read entire.

8. τοῖς γε ὀμωμοκόσι...ψηφιεῖσθαι: see Aesch. III. 6, νομοθέτης τοῦτο πρῶτον ἔταξεν ἐν τῷ τῶν δικάστῶν ὅρκῳ, ψηφιοῦμαι κατὰ τοὺς νόμους.

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    • Aristophanes, Wasps, 1489
    • Demosthenes, On the Crown, 120
    • Demosthenes, On the Crown, 279
    • Xenophon, Cyropaedia, 5.1.21
    • William Watson Goodwin, Syntax of the Moods and Tenses of the Greek Verb, 881
    • William Watson Goodwin, Syntax of the Moods and Tenses of the Greek Verb, 903
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