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17. μὴ τυγχάνεις ἐπιστάμενος. τυγχάνοις (suggested by Bekker) would be the usual periodic structure: but the indicative is looser and more direct: Kroschel compares Gorg. 464D εἰ δέοιδιαγωνίζεσθαιπότερος ἐπαίει. Notice the usual Socratic implication that virtue is knowledge.

18. ἀλλὰ μὴ οὕτως. Cf. Meno, 74D ἀλλὰ μή μοι οὕτως and below 331C So μὴ γάρ, μὴ σύ γε, μή τοί γε and the like are often used without a verb expressed. ὥσπερ ἄν belongs to εἴποι ἄν in ll. 26 and 30: it is answered by οὕτω δή in l. 31. αὐτίκα here does not mean ‘for example’ but goes with μάλα (which intensifies it): ‘as if Hippocrates were to change his desire on the spot and conceive a desire (ἐπιθυμήσειεν) for etc.’ αὐτίκα μάλα is idiomatic, cf. Gorg. 469D αὐτίκα μάλα δεῖν τεθνάναι, Crat. 384B αὐτίκα μάλα εἰδέναι.

20. νῦν νεωστί: nunc nuper as in Meno, 90A. The more general word is followed by the more specific exactly as in Theaet. 161C βατράχου γυρίνου, where γυρῖνος according to a scholiast is τὸ ἐκ τοῦ βατράχου παιδίον.

21. Ζευξίππου. An obscure sculptor (not painter) of this name is mentioned in Corp Inscr. Gr. No. 1229 (quoted by Overbeck, Die Antiken Schriftquellen zur Geschichte der bildenden Künste bei den Griechen, p. 300). The Zeuxippus here mentioned is supposed to be the same as the famous painter Zeuxis of Heraclea (the Greek colony in Italy, most probably) who is mentioned by Plato in Gorg. 453C, and several times by Xenophon (Mem. I. 4. 3, Oecon. 10. 1, Symp. 4. 63 τὸν Ἡρακλεώτην ξένον): see Overbeck, pp. 311 ff. Zeuxis began to rise into fame probably about 424 B.C.: he would therefore be still a young man about the date when this dialogue is supposed to take place: see Introduction, p. xxxiii. Brunn would read Ζεύξιδος for Ζευξίππου here, but according to Fick (quoted by Sauppe) Ζεῦξις is nothing but a familiar diminutive of Ζεύξιππος: for other similar examples see Fick, Die Griechischen Personennamen, pp. xxviii ff. -ιππος in proper names was aristocratic (Ar. Clouds, 62 ff.) and could upon occasion be omitted or added without prejudice to personal identity: cf. Clouds, 929 οὐχὶ διδάξεις τοῦτον Κρόνος ὤν with ibid. 1071 σὺ δ᾽ εἶ κρόνιππος, where -ιππος adds mock dignity to κρόνος.

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