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τὸ δ᾽ ὅπως. Cf. our phrase, “The why and the wherefore.”

νομοθέτας. A number of jurymen (we do not know how many) were yearly chosen to form a board to deal with changes in the laws. As such an appointment at the regular time could not be παράδοξον τοῖς πολλοῖς, we must assume either that Demosthenes proposes the establishment of an extra board, or that no election had taken place for the last year at least. The latter view is probable: it seems inconceivable that Demosthenes should not have said “appoint another board” of νομοθέται, if one was at this time sitting.

καθίσατε. A technical term. See L. and S., καθίζω, I. 4.

ἐν . . . νομοθέταις, “in their court.”

θῆσθε. For the difference between τιθέναι and τιθέσθαι νόμον see L. and S., τίθημι, A.V.

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