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1. τὸ προελέσθαι τὰ κάλ- λιστα, our choice of the most glorious course: the whole sentence through ἄμεινον πράττειν is the subject of εἶναι (5), i.e. he includes all this in the special good fortune of Athens.

2. τῶν οἰηθέντων introduces εἰ πρόοινθ᾽ ...διάξειν in or. obl.: the gen. depends on ἄμεινον πράττειν (4).

4. αὐτῶν: intensive with τῶν Ἑλ- λήνων, than those very Greeks; almost reiterative.—ἄμεινον πράττειν: cf. βέλτισταπράττειν, § 252.5.—τῆς τύχης with εἶναι τίθημι: see I. 10, τὸ μὲν γὰρ πολλὰ ἀπολωλεκέναι...τῆς ἡμετέρας ἀμελείας ἄν τις θείη δικαίως. τίθημι in this sense takes the infinitive regularly in or. obl.: see Aesch. III. 163, βούλει σε θῶ φοβηθῆναι καὶ χρήσασθαι τῷ σαυτοῦ τρόπῳ;

5. τὸ δὲ προσκροῦσαι καὶ μὴ... συμβῆναι, i.e. our disaster (euphemistically called collision) and our not having everything done as we wished: this is the object of μετειληφέναι, with τὸ...μέρος as appositive, this I believe that our city has received as the share of the general (bad) fortune of the rest of mankind which falls to our lot.

7. τὸ ἐπιβάλλον μέρος: cf. τὸ γιγνόμενον, the quota, § 104.5. Cf. ἐπιβάλλει, § 272.3.

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