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οἱ μὲν ὡς ἰδίοις ‘The monarch regards the public interests as his own, — the citizen, as belonging to others’: — a remark utterly untrue to the spirit of the Athenian democracy as described by Pericles, ἔνι δὲ τοῖς αὐτοῖς οἰκείων ἅμα καὶ πολιτικῶν ἐπιμέλεια, κ.τ.λ. Thuc. II. 40. The essence of Greek political life, while vigour remained to it, was the identification of the citizen's interests with the city's: αὕτη γὰρ ἡ σῴζουσα, καὶ ταύτης ἔπι | πλέοντες ὀρθῶς τοὺς φίλους ποιούμεθα, Soph. Ant. 189. ἐν τοῖς ὄχλοις ‘before mobs’; i.e. ‘before the Ecclesia or law-courts’: cp. Eur. Hipp. 989, οἱ γὰρ ἐν σοφοῖς | φαῦλοι, παρ᾽ ὅχλῳ μουσικώτεροι λέγειν.
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