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ταύτης δὲ τῆς ἀνωμαλίας καὶ τῆς ταραχῆς, ‘this inconsistency and confusion of ideas,’ i.e. in the minds of those who try to weigh the respective merits of kingship and a private station. For ἀνωμαλία see note on ἀνωμάλως, E. 44. ταραχή is often used of ‘mental confusion’; cp. Antidos. 249 δ᾽ οὐ μόνον ταραχῆς σημεῖόν ἐστιν ἀλλὰ καὶ τῆς περὶ τοὺς θεοὺς ὀλιγωρίας; in N. C. 31, 55 it is used in its literal and more general sense.

τὴν βασιλείαν ὥσπερ ἱερωσύνην παντὸς ἀνδρὸς εἶναι, ‘that the office of king like that of priest can be performed by any one.’ παντὸς ἀνδρός, lit. ‘the part of any man’, an extension of the possessive genitive; cp. Plato, Repub. 335 B ἔστιν ἄρα δικαίου ἀνδρὸς βλάπτειν καὶ ὁντινοῦν ἀνθρώπων; for πᾶς ‘every’, so ‘any’, see note on E. 39 ἐκ παντὸς τρόπου.

: here almost introducing a concessive clause ‘though really it is a most important function’.

ἐξ ὧν: an antecedent must be supplied from ἐξ ὧν as the object of συμβουλεύειν; cp. note on E. 26 ἐξ ὧν οἷόν τ᾽ ἦν.

κατὰ τρόπον, ‘aright.’ τρόπος (like Latin modus) often has the meaning of ‘due measure’. The opposite of κατὰ τρόπον is ἀπὸ τρόπου, ‘unduly.’

διοικεῖν: here used absolutely, without an object, ‘to govern.’

καθ᾽ ὅλων τῶν ἐπιτηδευμάτων, ‘as regards your general line of conduct’ (F.), as opposed to καθ᾽ ἑκάστην τὴν πρᾶξιν, ‘each individual act.’

ὧν . . . διελθεῖν: the object of διελθεῖν is an antecedent supplied from ὧν.

περὶ : for the hiatus see note on E. 3.

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