: sc. ἢ κατ᾽ ἀξίαν
: although these verbs balance ἐπιδεικνύναι, κατηγορεῖν
above, the former, ἐπικρύπτεσθαι
, has for its obj. τὴν πονηρίαν
, the latter, τοὺς γονέας ἢ τὴν πατρίδα
It depends, not upon ἀναγκἀζεσθαι
, but upon ἡγεῖτο
, hence προσαναγκάζοντας
is added. Cf. ἐπαινέσαι
below. In meaning, it is like alloqui (cf. Hor. Ep.
13. 18 deformis aegrimoniae dulcibus alloquiis). It also has the meanings encourage, console. Cf. Menex.
247 c πατέρας καὶ μητέρας ἀεὶ χρὴ παραμυθεῖσθαι ὡς ῥᾷστα φέρειν τὴν ξυμφοράν
: some have taken this in the sense of think fit
(formerly with the mistaken idea that δεῖν
was omitted), as Phil.
59 a εἴτε καὶ περὶ φύσεως ἡγεῖταί τις ζητεῖν
. This, however, would require the pres. inf.; the aor. inf. after ἡγεῖσθαι
and kindred verbs can denote only past time. Simonides therefore reflected on what he had already done. Yet the words of Pind. I.
ii. 6 ἁ Μοῖσα γὰρ οὐ φιλοκερδής πω τότ᾽ ἦν οὐδ̓ ἐργάτις
were generally understood as directed against Simonides for using his art to win money; this was his ἀνάγκη
. Cf. Schneidewin Simon.
p. xxiv. f.