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ἐξαργυρισάμενος ‘having converted it’ (τὸν οἶκον=τὸν κλῆρον, the estate) ‘into money, you now bewail your poverty; but on what have you spent the money?’ ἐξαργυρις., because he had sold or mortgaged the houses and lands (cp. § 21, οἱ παρὰ τούτου πριάμενοι καὶ θέμενοι). In Thuc. VIII. 81, ἢν δέῃ τελευτῶντα τὴν ἑαυτοῦ στρωμνὴν ἐξαργυρίσαι (convert into money), ἐξαργυρῶσαι is a v. l., wh. Classen adopts, following Etym. M. 246. 55, ἐξαργυρῶσαι, οὐκ ἐξαργυρίσαι, Θουκυδίδης. Her. VI. 86, ἐξαργυρώσαντα. In Dem. De Pace § 8, ἣν...ἐκέκτητο φανερὰν οὐσίαν (real property), ταύτην ἐξαργυρίσας, the form is less doubtful.

ἀλλὰ μὴν οὐδὲ καθιπποτρόφηκας ‘But again, neither have you squandered it on keeping horses’. The keeping of horses, esp. for the great contests, was regarded as in some sort a duty incumbent on the rich, for the credit of the state, — horses being in a special sense at Athens ἄγαλμα τῆς ὑπερπλούτου χλιδῆς (Aesch. P.V. 474). [Dem.] or. XLII. Adv. Phaen. § 14: ‘In one thing only can the defendant be proved to have shown public spirit towards you (πεφιλοτιμημένον εἰς ὑμᾶς), judges: his munificence takes the form of keeping fine horses’ (ἱπποτρόφος ἀγαθός ἐστι καὶ φιλότιμος). Xen. Hipparch. I. 12, ‘(you may win over parents) by explaining this to them, — that their sons will be forced to keep horses, if not by you, by their fortune, but will deter them from giving extravagant or mad (μανικῶν) prices for horses’ (note on Theophr. Char. XXIII.= VI. p. 197). Cp. Lysias or. XIX. § 63, ὅτε ἵππευεν, οὐ μόνον ἵππους ἐκτήσατο λαμπροὺς ἀλλὰ καὶ ἀθλητάς, καὶ ἐνίκησεν Ἰσθμοῖ καὶ Νεμέᾳ, κ.τ.λ.

πλείονος ἄξιον τριῶν μνῶν=about £12. The κοππατίας of Pheidippides (Ar. Clouds 23) cost about 12 minas, or £48; and the same is the value of a horse in [Lysias] or. VIII. § 10.

οὐδὲ ζεῦγος ἐκτήσω, κ.τ.λ. ‘You have never set up so much as a pair of mules [ὀρικόν from ὄρευς=ἡμίονος] on the strength of (ἐπί) your large estates and wealth. Nor, again, have you ransomed any one from the enemy’. Cp. Lys. In Eratosth. § 20, πολλοὺς δ᾽ Ἀθηναίων ἐκ τῶν πολεμίων λυσαμένους, note, p. 253.

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