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ἀλλὰ γὰρ...παιδευθῶσιν ‘But in fact (the Council knew) it is not by such things that virtue is promoted, but by the pursuits of daily life; since most men retain the impress of the particular habits in which they have been educated’. παιδευθῶσιν ἄν, vivid for παιδευθεῖεν, in spite of ἐνόμιζεν, on which the whole oblique discourse depends: cp. Goodwin § 74. 1. — ἐπιτηδευμάτων: Thuc. II. 37, τῶν καθ᾽ ἡμέραν ἐπιτ.: cp. Antiph. Tetr. B. β. § 10, note, p. 206.

ἐπεὶ τά γε πλήθη...ἀναγκάζ.] ‘For the number and precision of the laws (the Council held) is a sign that the city in which they exist [ταύτην] is ill administered; since it is in the attempt [pres. part.] to erect barriers against crime that such a community [αὐτούς] is compelled to multiply its laws’. πλήθηἀκριβείας: for the plur. see Antid. § 283, note, p. 303. — τίθεσθαι, of the legislator who is bound by his laws: τιθέναι, of one who legislates only for others: κεῖσθαι, of the laws themselves. Dobree cp. Tac. III. 27, corruptissima re publica plurimae leges.

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