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ἐν τῷ τοιούτῳ: i.e. by a personal encounter.

πρεσβυτέρῳ κτλ. This too is probably Spartan: cf. Xen. Rep. Lac. 2. 10. Patriarchal discipline is in perfect harmony with Plato's conception of the State as a single family.

καὶ μὴν ὅτι γε κτλ. An anacoluthon, the construction being broken by οἶμαι δ᾽ οὐδὲ κτλ.: see I 352 B note and infra 471 C. Here the apodosis would have been δῆλον ἂν εἴη or the like: cf. Stallbaum on Laws 677 B. Schneider and others suppose that ὡς τὸ εἰκός is substituted ἀνακολούθως for εἰκός ἐστι— a tolerably common form of anacoluthon in Plato and elsewhere (I 347 A note): but such an idiom is awkward here. It is difficult again to supply δῆλον from Glauco's answer, though the presence of δῆλον may render the anacoluthon a trifle easier; nor can a governing verb be elicited from προστετάξεται. Others propose to abolish the anacoluthon: Ast by reading γε νεώτερος, Hartman by emending to προστετάξεσθαι <δῆλον>. Δῆλον. Καὶ μὴν κτλ. Neither alternative is satisfactory: and Hartman's is not even Greek. It should be noted that Aristophanes deals with the same subject in Eccl. 638 ff. See App. I.

ἄρχοντες. Stallbaum reads οἱ ἄρχοντες with q. “At varii sunt in civitate magistratus, neque semper eorundem nedum omnium est, tale quid mandare iunioribus” (Schneider).

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