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πολλοῖς ἐλασσωθείς, κ.τ.λ. ‘placed at a disadvantage in respect to many points of your law and of justice’: because he had been accused as a κακοῦργος, and bail had been refused. Cp. ἐλασσούμενοι, ‘suffering a disadvantage’, ‘exacting less than our due’, Thuc. I. 77: Dem. De Cor. § 3, πολλὰ μὲν οὖν ἔγωγ᾽ ἐλαττοῦμαι κατὰ τουτονὶ τὸν ἀγῶνα Αἰσχίνου. — ἐλασσωθεὶς is Dobree's correction (supported by N) of the vulgate σωθεὶς ἄν, which could only mean, ‘when I might (justly) be acquitted’, ‘though entitled to acquittal’,=ὅτε σωθείην ἂν (εἰ τῶν δικαίων τύχοιμι). Cp. Xen. Mem. IV. 4. 4, ῥᾳδίως ἂν ἀφεθείς [=ὅτε ἀφείθη ἂν]...προείλετο ἀποθανεῖν. But, though grammatically possible, σωθεὶς ἄν ill suits the context.

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