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μεταγνοὺς γάρ sc. τις: cp. Hes. Op. 12, τὴν μέν κεν ἐπαινήσειε νοήσας. Cobet's ἄν τις τὸ γεγονὸς ἐπανορθώσαιτο is more ingenious than probable.

ἤδη δέ τισιν Alluding to the debate (427 B.C.) in the Athenian ecclesia on the fate of Mytilene, when Cleon's proposal of a massacre was first carried and afterwards rescinded — about ten years before the probable date of this speech. — καὶ μετεμέλησεν, ‘have actually repented’.

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