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θρέψεται. Is the verb middle or passive? It is passive in E below, but that does not decide the question: see on 546 D. If we confine our attention to the single sentence λέγωμεν—θρέψεται, the verb is most readily understood as passive; but ἀναλώσει in the next sentence favours the view that it is middle. On the whole, I prefer the passive. It is easy to supply the subject of ἀναλώσει from τοῦ τυράννου. ἐάν τε ἱερὰ κτλ. The elder Dionysius in particular greatly shocked the conscience of Hellas by plundering temples: see Grote X pp. 300, 302 note 3. <καὶ> τὰ τῶν ἀπολομένων: ‘and the property of his victims’: cf. ἀπολλύῃ 567 A, ἀπολέσας 568 A, as well as the καθαρμός of 567 B, C. ἀπολομένων is itself so used in Laws 628 B. In the indictment of Dionysius I by the Syracusan knight Theodorus (Diodor. XIV 65) occur the words οὗτος δὲ τὰ μὲν ἱερὰ συλήσας, τοὺς δὲ τῶν ἰδιωτῶν πλούτους ἅμα ταῖς τῶν κεκτημένων ψυχαῖς ἀφελόμενος τοὺς οἰκέτας μισθοδοτεῖ κατὰ τῆς τῶν δεσποτῶν δουλείας. The sentence exactly illustrates what Plato here says. On the text and other views of this passage see App. VI.
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