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Apology of Socrates
1 See note on p. 494.
2 Or “divine sign.” Here, as earlier, the mere adjective is used; but in Plato's Theages (Plat. Theag. 128 D ff.) and Apology (Plat. Apol. 31 D) this admonitory something is described as a voice sent by heavenly dispensation, and is called variously “the sign” (Plat. Apol. 41 D), “the usual sign” (Plat. Apol. 40 C), “the divine sign” (Plat. Rep. 496 C), “the usual divine sign” (Plat. Euthyd. 272 E, Plat. Phaedr. 242 B, Plat. Theag. 129 B), “the sign from God” (Plat. Apol. 40 B), “something God-sent and divine” (Plat. Apol. 31 D). Plato reports Socrates' description of this as a voice not directing his actions but serving only as a deterrent when he or his friends were contemplating doing something inadvisable.
3 A very enthusiastic follower of Socrates.
6 One of the three plaintiffs in Socrates' trial.
7 The tanning trade had been in the family from at least the time of the boy's grandfather.
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