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ὥσπερ θήριον -- διαπράττεται. If the MSS are right, πάντα is masculine. But although διαπράττεσθαι by itself can be used without an expressed object (Prot. 319 C al.), it is strange to find διαπράττεσθαι πρός τινα so used: see Crat. 395 B, Alc. II 143 C. On this account διαπράττεται has been by some ejected (Hermann), by others emended into διαράττεται (Morgenstern), διατάττεται (Madvig and one Florentine MS); while others read θηρίον τὰ πάντα διαπράττεται (Lambrechts), or προσδιαπράττεται πάντα (Chandler), or expunge πρός (Bywater). Perhaps we should read ὥσπερ θηρίον πρὸς <θηρίον> κτλ. (‘attains all his ends by violence and ferocity, like one wild beast with another’). Cf. Shakespeare Rape of Lucrece “The rough beast that knows no gentle right.”

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