53. ὀνῆσαί τινα πρός. ὀνῆσαι
is Dobree's correction for
: cf. Rep. X. 601D εἴπερ οἶός τ᾽ ἦν πρὸς ἀρετὴν ὀνῆσαι
56. τὸν τρόπον τῆς πράξεως τοῦ μισθοῦ
. Ar. Eth. Nic.
. 24 ὅπερ φασὶ καὶ Πρωταγόραν ποιεῖν: ὅτε γὰρ
διδάξειεν ἁδήροτε, τιμῆσαι τὸν μαθόντα ἐκέλευεν ὅσου δοκεῖ ἄξια
ἐπίστασθαι καὶ ἐλάμβανε τοσοῦτον
. This is more than Plato says:
see next note.
: but κατέθηκεν
(gnomic aorist) two lines
lower down. It is not necessary to reject ἀποδέδωκεν
Sauppe and Schanz) or to read ἀπέδωκεν
(with Kroschel and
is hardly to be explained as a gnomic perfect
(Goodwin), certain examples of which are rare, if not unknown,
but is to be taken in its natural sense: ‘if he prefers, he has
already paid . . . if not etc.’: this is also Heindorf's view. Unless
the pupil had paid in advance,
Protagoras left the fee to his own
conscience and (according to his own account, ὥστε καὶ αὐτῷ
δοκεῖν τῷ μαθόντι
) generally fared better, even though (if Diog.
Laert. IX. 52 may be trusted) his fee was 100 minae. If Protagoras made no bad debts, he escapes the censure of Plato in
, where it is said that, if teachers of δικαιοσύνη
not receive their fees, it only shows that they have failed to
teach their subject and deserve no fees.