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εἰ δ᾽ οὖν, sc.μὴ ἔφυ τοιοῦτος”. This is better than to suppose that φιλεῖ γάρ has changed the form of the sentence (“εἰ δ᾽ οὖν τοῦτο μὴ ταύτῃ ῥέπει”), since this elliptical “εἰ δ᾽ οὖν” was a familiar Attic idiom: see Plat. Apol. 34D “εἰ δή τις ὑμῶν οὕτως ἔχειοὐκ ἀξιῶ μὲν γὰρ ἔγωγε, εἰ δ᾽ οὖν” [sc.οὕτως ἔχει]ἐπιεικῆ ἄν μοι δοκῶ πρὸς τοῦτον λέγειν”: ‘If any one of you is so disposed—I do not think that he ought to be so, but suppose that he is—I think that I might fairly say to him,’ etc. Eur. Hipp. 507εἴ τοι δοκεῖ σοι, χρῆν μὲν οὔ σ᾽ ἁμαρτάνειν: εἰ δ᾽ οὖν” [sc.ἥμαρτες], πιθοῦ μοι” (‘you ought not to have erred,—but if you have’). So, without ellipse, Aesch. Ag. 1042εἰ δ᾽ οὖν ἀνάγκη τῆσδ᾽ ἐπιρρέποι τύχης”, ‘but if one should be doomed to slavery’ (then worthy masters are best). Eur. fr. 463 “λύπη μὲν ἄτῃ περιπεσεῖν... εἰ δ᾽ οὖν γένοιτο, κ.τ.λ.” Cp. “δ᾽ οὖν” in 688 (n.).

τοῦτοταύτῃ: cp. Ai. 950τάδ᾽ ἔστη τῇδε”: Aesch. PV 511οὐ ταῦτα ταύτῃ. μή” is generic, going with ταύτῃ: in a way other than this.

ῥέπειν to incline (as the scale of a balance does): so Plat. Legg. 862Dτῇδε ῥέπειν”, Tim. 79 Eἐκείνῃ ῥέπον” (to incline, or tend, in that direction).


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    • Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound, 511
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    • Plato, Laws, 862d
    • Plato, Apology, 34
    • Plato, Timaeus, 79e
    • Sophocles, Ajax, 950
    • Aeschylus, Agamemnon, 1042
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