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ὥσπερ οἱ τύραννοι: by this comparison Polus endeavors to emphasize the importance of his art, careless of the fact that he thereby detracts from its moral value. He employs his strongest expression of power actually used (ἀποκτεινύασιν), not even using the circumlocution οἷοί τ᾽ εἰσίν. In spite of his following reassertion, however, the question is really only a rhetorical one, in which he voices his own statements. See on a above.

νὴ τὸν κύνα: see on 461 b.—

ἀμφιγνοῶ . . . λέγεις: ‘I am in doubt at every word you say.’ Cope.

εἶεν: “very well,” accepts the issue.

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