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§ 6-75 Discussion (ἀπόδειξις) including (1) a general sketch of the position of affairs (διήγησις) §§ 6—46, (2) proposals (πρόθεσις) and arguments in support of them (πίστεις), which in this speech are blended, §§ 47—75.

§ 6-7 If it was admitted that Philip is making war on us, the orator's only duty would have been to propose measures of resistance. But since in spite of his aggressions some declare that the anti-Macedonians at Athens are responsible for his hostility, we must first settle whether the decision between peace and war rests with us (6), lest those who suggest plans for defence should be called the authors of war (7).

On this and the next section see Introd. § 23.

ὅπως ... ἀμυνούμεθα , best taken as a dependent interrogative clause, rather than as an object-clause.

ἔνιοι, i.e., that section of the public which listens favourably to the pro-Macedonian speakers.

ἀνέχεσθαι, used absolutely with a genitive absolute attached as not infrequently. It also takes an accusative.

ἡμῶν τινες, i.e. the anti-Macedonian politicians (sc. by driving Philip to retaliation).

διορθοῦσθαι περὶ τούτου, ‘put things straight for ourselves in this matter,’ i.e. ‘make our position herein clear.’

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