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ξυγκαθεζόμενοι κτλ. The Athenians sat at an Ecclesia: see Ar. Ach. 24 f. with Blaydes' note. For πολλοί I formerly read οἱ πολλοί with Hermann; but ἁθρόοι πολλοί is sound, and means ‘in large numbers together,’ like πολλοὶ ἁθρόοι in Gorg. 490 B. The subject is of course οἱ ταῦτα λέγοντες, i.e. οἱ πολλοί (492 A). The mention of numbers is to the point: how can one man stand against so many? Cobet is wrong in deleting πολλοί. ξύν. See on IV 424 D. ὑπερβαλλόντως. Cf. VIII 561 C ff. Exaggeration and excess are characteristic marks of democracy.
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