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19. καὶ πολύ γε, i.e. καλλίονι ἐνέτυχον.

23. Ἀβδηρίτῃ. Abdera, on the coast of Thrace, was the birthplace of Democritus and of Protagoras. The reputation of the city for heaviness and stupidity seems not to be earlier than the age of Demosthenes: see pseudo-Dem. περὶ τῶν πρὸς Ἀλέξανδρον, 23 ὥσπερ ἐν Ἀβδηρίταις Μαρωνείταις ἀλλ᾽ οὐκ ἐν Ἀθηναίοις πολιτευόμενοι and Cic. ad Atticum, VII. 7. 4.

25. υἱέος. Schanz writes ὑέος in conformity with the general usage of inscriptions about Plato's time, but MSS. upon the whole favour υἱέος: see the Editor's note on Crito, 45C.

26. τὸ σοφώτατον. So the MSS.: Schanz and others read σοφώτερον, apparently the reading of Ficinus, who translates the word by sapientius. Socrates, however, is thinking of Protagoras, who is not σοφός, but σοφώτατος (l. 31): the effect of the neuter τὸ σοφώτατον is to generalise the statement into a kind of adage. σοφώτερον would introduce a somewhat frigid comparison between Alcibiades and Protagoras in respect of wisdom; and it should also be noted that the MSS. reading σοφώτατον was more likely to be changed to σοφώτερον by mistake than vice versa. There may be an allusion to some proverbial form of speech resembling that in Theognis, 255 κάλλιστον τὸ δικαιότατον: λῷστον δ᾽ ὑγιαίνειν κτλ.: cf. also the scolion referred to in Gorg. 451E. The sentiment is an interesting anticipation of the Stoic paradoxes as to the beauty of the wise man.

28. ἀλλ᾽ expresses surprise and interest: ‘What! have you just left etc.’ So in Gorg. 447A ἀλλ᾽ τὸ λεγόμενον κατόπιν ἑορτῆς ἥκομεν; Presently μὲν οὖν is as usual corrective: see on Apol. 26B.

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