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ἐν μὲν τοῖς νόμοις reiterates οἱ μὲν γὰρ νόμοι in § 17. ἰθύφαλλοι—ἄγχομεν ‘we belong to the Priapus-club, and in our love-affairs (§ 14) strike and throttle whom we choose.’ εἶθ᾽ an indignant exclamation.—γελάσαντες ἀφήσετε. Cf. Or. 23 § 206 ἂν ἓν ἢ δύ᾽ ἀστεῖα εἴπωσι...ἀφίετε. Horace, Sat. II 1, 86 solventur risu tabulae; tu missus abibis. εἱλκόμην—οἴκαδε The rhetorician Aristides (Spengel, Rhet. Graeci II 495) quotes this sentence to exemplify σφοδρότης, or vehemence of style. On ἐξεπεπηδήκει he remarks, οὐκ εἶπεν ἐξεληλύθει, ἀλλὰ ἐμφαντικώτερον τῇ ὀνομασίᾳ, ἐξεπεπηδήκει ἡ μήτηρ: ἐν γὰρ τῷ ὀνόματι ἡ ἔμφασις. φοράδεν Hesychius, ὁ φερόμενος βασταγμῷ [by the hands of men (not in a wheeled car) P.]. τεθνεῶτος The compound tenses ἀποθνήσκω, ἀποθανοῦμαι, ἀπέθανον (which are frequent in Attic prose and comedy, but are not used in tragedy) have no corresponding perfect, but take instead the simple forms τέθνηκα, τεθνάναι, τεθνεώς. ἀποτεθνεὼς and the like are never found in Attic verse or prose (Cobet, nov. lect. 29, and Veitch, Greek Verbs). Cf. Plato, Phaedo 64 A ἀποθνήσκειν τε καὶ τεθνάναι, and 71 C ἐκ τῶν τεθνεώτων, followed in the very next line by ἐκ τῶν ἀποθανόντων.
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