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ὦ Νικόκλεις: see Introd. p. 21. τῶν ἐπιφερομένων: ‘offerings’ such as libations and sacrifices. μουσικῇ καὶ γυμνικοῖς ἀγῶσιν: cp. Plato, Menex. 249 B πρὸς δὲ τούτοις ἀγῶνας γυμνικοὺς καὶ ἱππικοὺς τιθεῖσα καὶ μουσικῆς πάσης. μουσική here probably includes literary as well as musical contests. τριήρων ἁμίλλαις: cp. the races for ships at the games commemorating the anniversary of the death of Anchises (Virg. Aen. v. 42 ff.). λείποντ᾽ οὐδεμίαν τῶν τοιούτων ὑπερβολήν, ‘leaving to others no opportunity of surpassing you in such respects’; cp. de bigis 35 τοῖς μέλλουσιν ἱπποτροφεῖν οὐδεμίαν ὑπερβολὴν καταλιπών (of Alcibiades). ὑπερβάλλειν and the middle ὑπερβάλλεσθαι mean either (1) ‘to excel’, ‘surpass’ (as in § 6, &c.), hence the above meaning of ὑπερβολή, or (2) absolutely ‘to excel’ (as in § 41) or ‘to surpass all bounds’ (as in § 14), hence ὑπερβολή comes to mean ‘a wonderful extent’ (εἰς ὑπερβολήν, § 23) and ‘exaggeration’ (§ 72), ‘excess’ (ad N. 33).
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