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τῆς οὐσίας παραιρέσεις κτλ.: ‘encroachments on his capital’ etc. (J. and C.), viz. to meet the moneylender's claims. See VIII 555 E. On ἐπιλίπῃ see VIII 568 E note

ἀνάγκη μὲν κτλ. Bekker reads ἀνάγκη τὰς μέν with q and Flor. U: “recte, si cupiditates ipsis opponi statuimus. Sed nihil impedit, quo minus alteram necessitatem—quae postea hanc consequi particula δή significatur, iam hic scriptori obversatam atque hanc illi alteri oppositam putemus. Accedit quod si τὰς μὲν ἐπιθυμίας scripsisset, non τοὺς δέ, sed αὐτοὺς δὲ dicturus fuisse videtur” (Schneider). We have no right to change τούς to αὐτούς as Stallbaum is fain to do.

ἐννενεοττευμένας is copied, as Ast observes, by Longinus περὶ ὕψους 44. 7.

κέντρων. The other desires (as well as the master Passion) are compared to goads. For the idiom ὥσπερ ὑπὸ κέντρων τῶν κτλ. cf. VIII 553 B note

αὐτοῦ τοῦ ἔρωτος κτλ. is not for τῶν αὐτοῦ τοῦ ἔρωτος κτλ., as Stallbaum seems to hold; for the ἔρως is itself an ἐπιθυμία: see 572 E ff. With δορυφόροις cf. VIII 567 D.

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