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[5] 20. ἔχειinvolves: ὑμῶν depends on γνώμης: ‘the confirmation and trial of your resolution’ are explained in chiastic order by the two clauses that follow.

21. οἷς—masc.=ἑκείνοις γάρ.

24 σαφὲς ἂν κ.make it clear to them that they must deal with you on an equal footing rather than as superiors.

28. καὶ ἐπὶ μεγάλῃ καὶ β. π.be the reason great or small for yielding. The constn. changes from infin. ὑπακούειν to partic. εἴξοντες ... ἔξοντες, with the intention of not. It would be more usual, but it can hardly be necessary, to have ὡς after προφάσει.

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