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21. περὶ τῶν τῆς πόλεως διοικήσεως. So B and T, but in both the copyist had doubts as to the text. It is usual to drop either τῶν or διοικήσεως: Kroschel transposes τῶν and περί. Sauppe retains the MSS. reading, making περὶ govern διοικήσεως—but this is very harsh. τὰ τῆς πόλεως διοικήσεως is a periphrasis for πόλεως διοίκησις (for the omission of the article with πόλεως cf. Polit. 296E τοῦτον δεῖ καὶ περὶ ταῦτα τὸν ὄρον εἶναι τόν γε ἀληθινώτατον ὀπθῆς ρόλεως διοικήσεως, ὃν σοφὸς καὶ ἀγαθὸς ἀνὴρ διοικήσει τὸ τῶν ἀρχομένων), ‘the city's administration’ being contrasted with τῶν ἐν τέχνῃ διοίκησις. The whole phrase περὶ τῶν τῆς πόλεως διοικήσεως corresponds to 318Eκαὶ ρεπὶ τῶν τῆς ρόλεως, ὅρως τὰ τῆς ρόλεως δυνατώτατος ἂν εἴη καὶ πράττειν καὶ λέγειν.

23. ἀνιστάμενος. The audience sat in the assembly: cf. Rep. VI. 492B ὅταν, εἶπον, ξυγκαθεζόμενοι ἁθρόοι πολλοὶ εἰς ἐκκλησίαςψέγωσι κτλ.

27. μαθών. Heindorf quotes many cases of the transition from plural to singular in Plato (e.g. below, 324B: the change is justified here because in each case the reproach would be addressed to a single person.

29. μὴ τοίνυν ὅτιἀλλὰ ἰδίᾳ. See on Apol. 40D οἶμαι ἂν μὴ ὅτι ἰδιώτην τινά, ἀλλὰ τὸν μέγαν βασιλέα κτλ.

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