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1. ἐπειδὴ τοίνυν κ.τ.λ. This is one of the few undoubted cases of anacoluthon in Demosthenes. The causal sentence introduced by ἐπειδή goes on regularly through § 126, when the sudden turn given by the question τίς οὐκ ἂν...φθέγξασθαι; causes the orator to burst forth into the fierce invective which follows, forgetting his leading sentence, the apodosis to ἐπειδὴ...φθέγξασθαι. This exclamatory diversion carries him to the end of § 128, where we find in a changed form (in § 129) what would be a natural apodosis to § 126. But it is hardly possible that the orator ever thought of the beginning of § 129 as a resumption of his broken sentence.— εὐσεβὴς...ψῆφος, i.e. the vote which your oath and justice both require of you.

4. αὐτὰ τἀναγκαιότατα, what is barely necessary (to satisfy the promise in § 124.3, 4). Cf. ἀναγκαιότατα § 168.7. See Thuc. I. 90 ὥστε ἀπομάχεσθαι ἐκ τοῦ ἀναγκαιοτάτου ὕψους, i.e. to have the wall just high enough to be defensible.

5. τίνων: sc. γενόμενος.

6. λόγους τινὰς διασύρει, ridi- cules certain sayings of mine. It is hard to decide between τινὰς and τίνας. With τίνας it is what sayings of mine he ridicules, i.e. how he ridicules my sayings. The reference is to Aesch. III. 167, ταῦτα τί ἐστιν, κίναιδος; ῥήματα θαύματα; also to 72 and 209.

7. τίς...φθέγξασθαι; this in- terrog rel. sentence breaks the construction. For μετρίων see n. on § 10.8.

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