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ὕπουλον: is stronger than σα- θρόν. The disease leaves the surface, and fastens on the innermost kernel of the soul. We are reminded of the Ovidian Principiis obsta. sero medicina paratur, | cum mala per longas convaluere moras (Rem. Am. 91 f.).

τί γὰρ δὴ κτἑ.: the rhetorical question has the force of an emphatic affirmation, τί being almost equiv. to τί ἄλλο.

16 f.

πατρίδος ἀδικούσης: the speeches in the assembly are hereby put in the same category with the judicial.

ἀδικούσης: is a colloquial repetition of ἀδικίας.

17 f.

εἰ μὴ εἰ: cf. Lach. 196 a οὔτε γὰρ μάντιν οὔτε ἰατρὸν . . . λέγει τὸν ἀνδρεῖον εἰ μὴ εἰ θεόν τινα λέγει αὐτὸν εἶναι. Cf. Lat. nisi si; i.e. Cic. ad Fam. xiv. 2. 1 noli putare me ad quemquam scribere, nisi si quis ad me scripsit.

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