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Ἐννεακρούνου Thuc. II. 15, καὶ τῇ κρήνῃ τῇ νῦν μὲν τῶν τυράννων [Peisistratus, Paus. I. 14. 1] οὕτω σκευασάντων Ἐννεακρούνῳ καλουμένῃ, τὸ δὲ πάλαι φανερῶν τῶν πηγῶν οὐσῶν [when the natural springs, πηγαί opp. to κρήνη, sprang directly from the rock] Καλλιρρόῃ ὠνομασμένῃ, ἐκεῖνοί τε [the old Athenians] ἐγγὺς οὔσῃ τὰ πλείστου ἄξια ἐχρῶντο, καὶ νῦν ἔτι ἀπὸ τοῦ ἀρχαίου πρό τε γαμικῶν καὶ ἐς ἄλλα τῶν ἱερῶν νομίζεται τῷ ὕδατι χρῆσθαι.

σκιραφείοις ‘gambling-houses’. Stephanus Byz. p. 607, τὸ σκιράφειον...δηλοῖ τὸν τόπον εἰς ὃν οἱ κυβευταὶ συνίασι: καὶ σκιράφρουρος σημαίνει τὸν ἀκόλαστον κυβευτήν. Pollux VII. 203 quotes σκιράφια and τὸν σκιραφευτήν from the Κυβευταί of Amphis. The Etym. Magn., p. 717. 28, has σκειράφια, τὰ κυβεῖα: and notices three derivations, — from σκείραφος, an ὄργανον κυβευτικόν (dice-box?) — Σκίραφος, a gambler — and Σκιρὰς Ἀθηνᾶ, in whose temple (at Σκίρον, near Athens) ἐκυβεύοντο. Harpocrat. Σκιράφια...ἔλεγον τὰ κυβευτήρια, ἐπειδὴ διέτριβον ἐν Σκίρῳ οἱ κυβεύοντες, ὡς Θεόπομπος (the historian) ἐν τῇ πεντηκοστῇ ὑποσημαίνει. Meineke Frag. Com. 484, Müller Frag. Hist. I. 322. — Cp. Lys. Pro Mantith. § 11, ὅσοι περὶ κύβους πότους, κ.τ.λ., note, p. 245.

τῆς ἡλικίας ταύτης ‘those who profess to care for persons of this age’ — i.e. τῶν νέων — alluding, not to official παιδονόμοι, but to those who dissuade young men from following the φιλοσοφία of Isocr.

οἷς ἄξιον ἦν...χάριν ἔχειν ‘who might well have been grateful’: ἦν like χρῆν, ἔδει, Goodwin § 49. 3.

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