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διαπράξηται: cf. 473 c.—The three expressions for the idea of punishment correspond to those above used, since κολάζειν ὀνείδεσιν (Leg. viii. 847 a) is but little different from ἐπιπλήττειν.

ὥσπερ ἂν εἴ τις: a case of very natural ellipsis. Cf. the analogous Lat. use of tanquam si, ut si. When used by itself this expression becomes a relative phrase, equivalent to the Lat. tanquam sicut. In this sense it is written as one word. GMT. 227, 868. The comparison to a child occurs in Homer, and is found also elsewhere in Plato, e.g. Phaedo 77 d δεδιέναι τὸ τῶν παίδων and e ἴσως ἔνι τις καὶ ἐν ἡμῖν παῖς ὅστις τὰ τοιαῦτα φοβεῖται. Cf. above, 470 c.

μὴ διδόναι δίκην: cf. 478 e just above, where the same verb is used with ὥστε μή, and below, b, c, where πᾶν ποιοῦσι is used like διαπράξαιτο in this passage without ὥστε.

5 f.

τὸ κάεσθαι καὶ τὸ τέμνεσθαι: the repetition of the art. is unusual, and serves to keep the two ideas separate.

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