τῆς τάξεως . . . τῆς ἀρετῆς, “that glorious post.” τῆς ἀρετῆς is attracted into the relative clause for the sake both of euphony and emphasis.

σχεδόν modestly qualifies εἴρηκα, “I think I have said.”

ἕλοισθε . . . συνοίσειν. Cf. i. § 28 (note on χρηστὰ δ᾽ εἴη).

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