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16. ὥσπερ τότε: above, 325Cἐπειδὰν θᾶττον συνιῇ τις τὰ λεγόμενα.

17. ἐπὶ τῶν βάθρων: i.e. as they sit on the benches: cf. above 315C παρατιθέασιν represents the works of the poets as intellectual food: cf. Theaet. 157C παρατίθημι ἑκάστων τῶν σοφῶν ἀπογεύσασθαι.

18. ποιητῶν ἀγαθῶν: Homer especially, and also Hesiod, Theognis, Phocylides. Cf. Laws, VII. 810E, from which passage it also appears that extracts were frequently made for committing to memory (ἐκμανθάνειν).

19. ἀναγκάζουσιν: μετὰ λύπης γὰρ μάθησις Arist. Pol. VIII. 1339a. 28 (quoted by Sauppe). So Niceratus in Xenophon, Symp. III. 5 says that his father ἠνάγκασέ με πάντα τὰ Ὁμήρον ἔπη μαθεῖν.

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