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οἱ τότε βασιλεύοντες: the reference must be to the usurper, and either the plur. is used for sing., or else it means the usurper and his family. τὴν φύσιν: adverbial acc. after τοιοῦτον; cp. § 19 τηλικαῦτα τὸ μέγεθος. διαγαγεῖν: sc., as often, τὸν βίον (which Isocr. inserts in N. C. 2 τὸν βίον διάγωμεν); cp. the similar omission of χρόνον with διατρίβειν in § 31, &c. (inserted in N. C. 19 χρόνον διατρίβουσιν). For the literal sense of διάγειν, ‘lead through,’ cp. § 30 τοὺς μέθ᾽ αὑτοῦ διαγαγών. ἀποβλέψειαν: ἀποβλέπειν, ‘to look away from (other things)’ εἰς, ‘at’, so ‘look (steadfastly) at’. ἐξαμαρτάνειν: lit. ‘to make a mistake’, so followed by περί and the acc., ‘to do wrong to.’
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