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ἥτις -- ἐπαροῖ . αὐτούς is emphatic: “ipsos per se” (Schneider). The contrast is between the guardians in themselves, and in their dealings with the others. It is difficult to decide between παύσειἐπαρεῖ (Bekker and others) and παύσοιἐπαροῖ. The latter is exquisitius, and better supported on the whole. For the confusion between - (subjunctive) and -οι (optative) in A see Introd. § 5. Cobet calls for τοῦ instead of τούς before φύλακας, but φύλακας requires the article. παύειν with the infinitive is rare, and means ‘prevent,’ not ‘make to cease’: cf. Hdt. V 67 (with Stein's note) and Ar. Ach. 634, where Reiske's conjecture πείσας should not be accepted.

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