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ὁ λόγος αἱρεῖ. Cf. IV 440 B and infra 607 B. The origin of this frequent phrase is, I think, to be sought in the legal rather than, as Schneider supposes, in the military meaning of αἱρεῖν. Cf. “voluptatem—convictam superiore libro” in Cic. de Fin. III 1. Badham (on Phil. 35 D) strangely conjectures that the figure is “borrowed from the draught-board.” ἀλλὰ μὴ προσπταίσαντας κτλ. Cf. (with Stallbaum) Dem. Phil. I 40. The curious error πλήττοντος for πληγέντος, found in several MSS besides A, is perhaps due to a reminiscence of V 469 E.
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