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1. εἰ μὲν...προαιρησόμεθ̓: this most vivid form of future supposition here expresses what the orator wishes to make especially prominent by way of warning and admonition, though it happens that this is not what he wishes or what actually occurs. It is an excellent case of Gildersleeve's “minatory and monitory conditions” (see Trans. of Amer. Philol. Assoc. for 1876, p. 13, and M.T. 447, with footnote). On the other hand, ἂν μέντοι πεισθῆτ᾽ ἐμοί (8) happens to express what he most desires and what actually occurs. Compare the antithesis of subjunctive and optative in §§ 147, 148, with notes.

2. δύσκολον, unpleasant, euphe- mistic: cf. § 189.6.

4. ὡς ἐν...μερίδι, looking at them (ὡς) in the light of enemies (M.T. 864): cf. § 292.5 and III. 31, ἐν ὑπηρέτου...μέρει.

7. μιᾷ γνώμῃ, uno consensu.

8. ἀμφότεροι, Thebans and Philip.

9. πρὸς τῷ σκοπεῖν...γένησθε, devote yourselves to considering: cf. VIII. 11, πρὸς τοῖς πράγμασι γίγνεσθαι.

11. δόξειν...διαλύσειν: sc. ἐμέ.— τὸν...τῇ πόλει: for this order of words see §§ 190.2, 197.8, 220.3; and for the common order §§ 179.7, 188.4.

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