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16. συμβῆναιὥσπερ ὑπὸ διαιτητῶν ἡμῶν συμβιβαζόντων. συμβαίνω forms a passive to συμβιβάζω as πάσχειν to ποιεῖν, whence ὑπό: see note on Apol. 17A. συμβιβάζω is regular in the sense of bringing together, effecting an arrangement between: cf. (with Sauppe) Thuc. II. 29. 6 ξυνεβίβασε δὲ καὶ τὸν Περδίκκαν τοῖς Ἀθηναίοις. Note that ἡμῶν has no preposition with it—this is frequent (but not universal) in similes where ὥσπερ and a preposition precede the object compared, and the effect is almost to make the simile an identification: if on the other hand the object compared comes first, the preposition must be expressed twice. Cf. Theaet. 170A ὥσπερ πρὸς θεοὺς ἔχειν τοὺς ἐν ἑκάστοις ἄρχοντας (which might have been πρὸς τοὺς ἐν ἑκάστοις ἄρχοντας ὥσπερ πρὸς θεοὺς ἔχειν) and see notes on Crito, 46C, Euthyphr. 2C.

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