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τοὺς τόκους. The comparison, which is already suggested in ἀποτείσεις, ἀποδοῦναι (‘pay’ as well as ‘render’), and κομίσασθαι, culminates in the word τόκος (‘interest’ and ‘offspring’). See on γράφειν νόμους 501 A and (for a similar play on τόκος) cf. VIII 555 E and Ar. Thesm. 842—845. κίβδηλον below is a metaphor from counterfeit coinage. διομολογησάμενός γε . γε (‘yes,’ ‘not until’: cf. with Schneider Phaedr. 228 D δείξας γε πρῶτον κτλ.) was restored by Bekker from the best MSS. Stephanus (with Ξ etc.) read δέ. ἐν τοῖς ἔμπροσθεν. Cf. V 475 E note
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