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Therefore I call upon the prytanis, as his civic duty demands, even though the law forbids, again to put the matter to a vote.

πρύτανι: who as ἐπιστάτης presided on this day. The full title was ἐπιστάτης τῶν πρυτάνεων. See Hermann, Gr. Staatsalt.^{6} p. 491, N. 4.—ταῦτα: with ἐπιψήφιζε, bring these matters to a vote. Cf. 1. 87. 1; 2. 24. 6; 8. 15. 7.—ἡγεῖ: this form of the second sing. mid. is rightly preferred by St. (Qu. Gr.^{2} p. 62) to ἡγῇ. Cf. 1. 129. 16 ὑπισχνεῖ, the only other instance in Thuc. of this person.—σοί: emphatic, hence orthotone.

κήδεσθαι: always of especially thoughtful sympathy. Cf. 76. 9, 84. 1.—βούλει: added in second clause, although the preceding τε looked to a dependence of both inf. clauses on ἡγεῖ σοὶ προσήκειν.

πολίτης ἀγαθός : pregnant, a good citizen, i.e. a true patriot. Cf. 9. 8; 3. 42. 22.— 3. γνώμας προτίθει αὖθις Ἀθηναίοις: lay the question once more before the Athenians. Cf. 3. 36. 21. For the dat., cf. 1. 139. 18.

ἀναψηφίσαι: to put again to vote. Our passage indicates that this was illegal, although the same course in the Mytilenaean affair (3. 36. 21, 49. 1) seems to meet with no objection. Perhaps it had been made illegal in the meanwhile.—τὸ μὲν λύειν τοὺς νόμους: considered by Cl. and Steup a sort of abs. acc. (cf. 1. 141. 8, 142. 6; 4. 62. 1, 63. 3), as to breaking the laws, and not the subj. of αἰτίαν σχεῖν, since Thuc. uses this only of persons (46. 26; 1. 39. 11, 83. 8; 3. 13. 34; 4. 114. 26). With this const. σύ must be understood from νομίσας as subj. of αἰτίαν σχεῖν. But it seems most natural, with St., F. Müller, and Widmann, to construe τὸ λύειν τοὺς νόμους as subj. of αἰτίαν σχεῖν (cf. Plato Phileb. 23 A ἡδονὴ ἄν τινα καὶ ἀτιμίαν σχοίη), notwithstanding the force of Kr.'s objection that with a change of subj. we should expect in the second clause αὐτὸς δὲ τῆς πόλεως.

μή : for μή with inf. instead of οὐ after a verb of thinking, see GMT. 685; Gildersleeve, A. J. of Phil. I, 49.

τῆς δὲ πόλεως βουλευσαμένης ἰατρὸς ἂν γενέσθαι: and of the state that has made a decision you could become a physician, i.e. the decree of the Athenians with reference to Sicily is, acc. to Nicias, a disease which requires healing from the ἐπιστάτης as physician (cf. 5. 65. 7 κακὸν κακῷ ἰᾶσθαι). Steup considers τῆς πόλεως βουλευσαμένης dependent on ἰατρός, a further example of the const. of noun with pred. ptc. discussed in App. to 4. 63. 2. That the decree was bad need not be emphatically reasserted, hence κακῶς, found in some inferior Mss. after πόλεως, may be regarded as a gloss, though the Schol. (καὶ τῆς πόλεως ἰατρὸς γενήσῃ κακῶς βουλενσαμένης) seems to support that reading.

τοῦτ̓ εἶναι, ὃς ἂν...ὠφελήσῃ : free connection of pers. rel. pron. with neut. dem. as 2. 44. 4; 7. 68. 3. Kr. Spr. 51, 13, 11; Kühn. 563, 3 d. Cf. 16. 15; 2. 62. 30.

ἑκὼν εἶναι: willingly. For the abs., seemingly pleonastic, inf., see GMT. 780; Kr. Spr. 55, 1, 1. Cf. 2. 89. 29; 4. 98. 14; 7. 81. 14.

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