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15. ὄντα ποτὲκαθέλοι. ποτέ goes with καθέλοι as with καταβάλοι in l. 13.

19. καὶ ἰατρὸν ταὐτὰ ταῦτα. ταὐτὰ ταῦτα is virtually adverbial as in Meno, 90D οὐκοῦν καὶ περὶ αὐλήσεως καὶ τῶν ἄλλων τὰ αὐτὰ ταῦτα;

20. ἐγχωρεῖ κακῶ̣ γενέσθαι. Socrates says γενέσθαι, although Simonides said ἔμμεναι; see on E (l. 26) below.

21. παρ᾽ ἄλλου ποιητοῦ. Xen. Mem. 1. 2. 20 μαρτυρεῖ δὲ καὶ τῶν ποιητῶν τε λέγωνἐσθλῶν μὲν γὰρ ἀπ᾽ ἐσθλὰ διδάξεαι: ἢν δὲ κακοῖσι συμμίσγῃς, ἀπολεῖς καὶ τὸν ἐόντα νόον’, καὶ λέγωναὐτὰρ ἀνὴρ ἀγαθὸς τοτὲ μὲν κακός, ἄλλοτε δ᾽ ἐσθλός’. The first of these quotations is known (see Meno, 95D) to be from Theognis, so that it seems clear that the second must be from some other poet. It is difficult to resist the impression that the author of this line intended ἀγαθός, κακός, and ἐσθλός to have a political sense, and was alluding to the ups and downs of an aristocrat's life in times of civil dissension: cf. Theognis, 1109-10 Κύρν᾽, οἱ πρόσθ᾽ ἀγαθοὶ νῦν αὖ κακοί, οἱ δὲ κακοὶ ρπὶν νῦν ἀγαθοί: τίς κεν ταῦτ᾽ ἀνέχοιτ᾽ ἐσορῶν; Euripides, Hecuba, 595 ff. (quoted by Cron) pointedly contradicts the sentiment of this line (as interpreted by Socrates): ἄνθ ρωποι δ᾽ ἀεὶ μὲν πονηρὸς οὐδὲν ἄλλο πλὴν κακός, δ᾽ ἐσθλὸς ἐσθλός, οὐδὲ συμφορᾶς ὕπο (alluding to Simonides' poem) φύσιν διέφθειρ᾽, ἀλλὰ χρηστός ἐστ᾽ ἀεί.

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