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κἂν εἰ μή τῳ δοκεῖ κτλ. Cf. V 473 A and (for κἄν) III 408 B note The reading δοκῇ (see cr. n.) is retained by Schneider, but ε and η are easily confused, and, even if we allow sporadic instances of εἰ with the subjunctive in Attic, the analogy of V 473 A, as well as the sense, is in favour of δοκεῖ. There need not be a specific allusion in τῳ: for praises of tyranny and the tyrant's lot were common enough in Greece: cf. I 344 B, VIII 568 A notes The phrase τῷ ὄντι invites us to understand τύραννος and δοῦλος in the fullest sense: cf. V 474 A note δοῦλος κτλ. I once too rashly placed καὶ κόλαξ after δοῦλος, in order to obtain a chiasmus, understanding δουλείας τῶν πονηροτάτων like δούλων δουλείαν in VIII 569 C. Two inferior MSS have δουλείας καὶ θωπείας: but the inversion is not difficult, because the two notions are so closely allied: cf. (with Schneider) Euthyd. 302 B ἄπορόν τινα στροφὴν ἔφευγόν τε καὶ ἐστρεφόμην (where Schanz's brackets ‘nemini nocent’).
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