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ὥστε -- γίγνεσθαι: ‘so that they also become bad.’ These words, though expunged by Hartman, are welcome, if not necessary, in view of κακίων χυτρεὺς γίγνεται and χείρους δὲ αὐτοί in D and E. καὶ indicates that κακοὺς γίγνεσθαι is more than διαφθείρει; and so it is represented in the sequel. The reading of A (see cr. n.) perhaps points to a variant διαφθερεῖ.

πλουτήσας -- τέχνης. Ar. Plut. 510—534 (cited by Ast) furnishes an excellent commentary on this text. See also on III 416 E.

παρέχεσθαι is ‘to provide out of his own resources’ (de suo praebere): cf. VIII 554 A. Cobet cancels the word; Herwerden and Hartman prefer πορίζεσθαι, for which there is no MS authority. πορίζεσθαι would imply that the χυτρεύς buys his ὄργανα ready-made from others, whereas παρέχεσθαι expresses no opinion on this point.

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