4. ᾔει ἐπειγόμενος
. So BT: neither in the 3rd singular of
such forms nor elsewhere do Plato's MSS. always avoid hiatus.
Schanz (vol. XII, p. XV) would insert the ν ἐφελκυστικόν
forms before a vowel, unless a pause follows.
7. Ἱπποκράτης, ἔφην, οὗτος
. We have followed Heindorf
in printing a full stop after οὗτος
. Heindorf (following Ficinus)
correctly takes the words as an aside; Socrates recognises
Hippocrates by his voice. The neuter comparative of νέος
regularly implies that the new is worse than the old: see on
8. εἰ μὴ ἀγαθά γε
. Compare Ar. Knights, 186 μῶν ἐκ
καλῶν εἶ κἀγαθῶν; μὰ τοὺς θεούς, εἰ μὴ 'κ πονηρῶν γε
The idiom originally meant ‘unless by νεώτερα
’, which would be a contradiction in terms, since νεώτερον
. Preceded by οὐδέν
it has come to mean little more than
: see 309Dτρίτην γε ἤδη ἡμέραν
12. ἑσπέρας γε
is unnecessary, as the Athenians
counted the interval between two sunsets as one day (Kroschel,
referring to Varro, ap.
Gell. Noct. Att.
III. 2. 4).