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οὐκοῦν κτλ. ‘Is not our next step to invite?’ &c. Ξ reads κελεύωμεν, which may be right, but the indicative is quite defensible. With τὸν τὰ ἐναντία λέγοντα cf. infra 455 A. It is not likely that a specific allusion to Aristophanes is here intended (see Chiappelli Riv. di Filolog. XI p. 200), but there is some plausibility in the conjecture that the coming argument may be inspired in some measure by the Ecclesiazusae, where the essentially domestic qualities of women are contrasted with their incapacity for government. See App. I.

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