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τοιοῦτον εἰπεῖν: speak of as such.

21 f.

τί οὐχὶ . . . ἔφρασας: in passionate questions τί οὐ is usually construed with the aorist. The question marks impatience that a thing which is future is not past. The idea is usually modal, “why will you not?” Cf. Phaedo 86 d εἴ τις ὑμῶν εὐπορώτερος ἐμοῦ τί οὐκ ἀπεκρίνατο. Different in 468 c.

αἰτίαν ἔχουσιν: a ῥῆμα μέσον (vox media). Originally “to bear the blame,” it was gradually worn down until it became merely a circumlocution for λέγεσθαι, as Theaet. 169 a ὧν δὴ σὺ πέρι αἰτίαν ἔχεις διαφέρειν, or Rep. iv. 435 e οἱ δὲ καὶ ἔχουσι ταύτην τὴν αἰτίαν (sc. θυμοειδεῖς εἶναι). Usually, however, it retains its bad sense, e.g. Apol. 38 c ὄνομα ἕξετε καὶ αἰτίανὡς Σωκράτη ἀπεκτόνατε.

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