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εἰκὸς καὶ ξυγγνώμη: like δίκαια καὶ πρέποντα ἅμα in i. 144. 16, this alludes to both the objective and the subjective aspect of the matter, to its intrinsic naturalness and propriety as well as to the judgment of others respecting it.—ξυγγνώμη: (sc. ἐστι) occurs with inf. in iv. 61. 17, with εἰ in i. 32. 24.—καθεστῶτας: the expression is a general one: “men in such a position.” ἐπὶ πολλὰ τρέπεσθαι: cf. i. 20. 21, ἐπὶ τὰ ἑτοῖμα τρέπονται, and iv. 104. 6, ἐφ̓ ἁρπαγὴν τραπέσθαι.—καὶ λέγοντας καὶ δοκοῦντας: “in words as well as thoughts.” δοκοῦντας is a less invidious expression than ὑπονοίας, which the Athenians used in c. 87. 1. μέντοι: forms the transition from their excuse to the question in hand: “but we admit that.”—καὶ περὶ σωτηρίας: these words admit the right of the Athenians to remind them of their position, and the following words καὶ ὁ λόγος . . . γιγνέσθω express their reluctant assent to the proposal of the Athenians. ᾧ προκαλεῖσθε τρόπῳ: i.e. τούτῳ τῷ τρόπῳ ᾧ τὸν λόγον γίγνεσθαι προκαλεῖσθε.
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