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ἐλέγχειν, sc. αὐτὸν ἐπίορκον κἄπιστον ὄντα.

τοῦ τ᾽ . . . καὶ τοὺς. . . Some MSS., but not the best, give τοῦ again after καί. Its omission is certainly curious, but not unparalleled.

ὑπερεκπεπληγμένους. For the acc., cf. Soph. El. 1045, καὶ μὴν ποιήσω γ᾽ , οὐδὲν ἐκπλαγεῖσά σε.

διεξελήλυθεν . . . “has run through all the arts of deception by which he rose to greatness” (Heslop). Others, with little probability (though the Greek will bear the rendering), take διεξ. intransitive, with πάντα as subject.

παρακρουόμενος. The metaphor is obscure: see L. and S. for two explanations of Byzantine lexicographers: neither is convincing.

μέγας, proleptic.

τὰ πράγματ᾽ αὐτοῦ, “his career” (Heslop).

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