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ἡγούμενοι γὰρ...καθειστήκεσαν ἡμῖν ‘For, believing that he [αὐτόν, Dicaeogenes] would not confirm another claim to any part of the property which he had resigned in our favour before the law-court, we insisted on this point [διισχυριζόμεθα, imperf.] against Micion before the judges, offering to suffer what they pleased if D. confirmed M.'s title to the tenement, — never dreaming that he [D.] would violate his agreement, — though our only ground for such a faith was the fact that sureties had been given to us’. ἂν βεβαιώσειν: as in Thuc. II. 8 the mss. give ἂν προσχωρήσειν, v. 82 ἂν ὠφελήσειν, v. 66 ἂν λυπήσειν, VIII. 25 ἂν προσχωρήσειν, VIII. 71 ἂν ἡσυχάσειν. In VI. 66 the corr. ἂν λυπήσειαν is probable: in the other places Classen (rightly, I think) keeps ἄν, with Herbst, instead of omitting it with Stahl. Cp. Goodwin § 41. 4. — οὐκ ἂν...οἰόμενοι ...πρᾶξαι, cp. § 8, note. — οὐ δι᾽ ἄλλ᾽ οὐδέν: i.e. the character of D. himself was no guarantee, but we believed that he would not expose his surety to an ἐγγύης δίκη (like the present).

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