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23. ἥν—antecedent χάριτος. We are not your enemies, so you cannot refuse on that ground; we are not your friends, so that you cannot object that services on both sides are natural, and that we should not reckon what we did for you as laying you under an obligation. The ἐπι- denotes reciprocity: to be on terms of intimacy. This antithesis is somewhat artificial, and, but for the verbal correspondence, we should look for something like ὤστ᾽ εἰκὸς εἶναι προῖκα ἐπιχρῆσθαι ἡμᾶς (you and we) ἀλλήλοις. (The transl. ‘so as to use you freely’ would be easier; but there is no authority for ἐπιχρῆσθαι in this sense.)

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