2. μόρια μέν
. The antithesis to μέν
was already expressed in
ἔφησθα οὖν σὺ οὐκ ὀνόματα ἐπὶ ἑνὶ εἶναι 349B
4. ἡ δὲ ἀνδρεία κτλ.
Protagoras therefore yields to Socrates'
arguments so far as they have yet gone, and takes his stand on
the only virtue the relation of which to the others has not yet
been discussed: see on 333C
and D and Introduction, p. xiii.
7. ἀκολαστοτάτους—ἀνδρειοτάτους δέ
: like Otho (Tac.
II. 49), apropos of whose death Merivale quotes the lines
of Byron, which well illustrate the sentiment of Plato:
And strange to say, the sons of pleasure,
They who have revelled beyond measure
In beauty, wassail, wine and treasure,
Die calm, and calmer oft than he
Whose heritage was misery.
8. ἀνδρειοτάτους δὲ διαφερόντως
. The extreme difference
(cf. πάνυ πολὺ διαφέρον
in l. 4) between courage and the other
virtues is brought out by representing those most lacking in the
other virtues as sometimes ‘supremely brave beyond all others’:
below in 359B
is omitted as unnecessary in a
recapitulation. Sauppe quotes Tim. 23C ἡ νῦν Ἀθηναίων οὖσα πόλις
ἀρίστη πρός τε τὸν πόλεμον καὶ κατὰ πάντα εὐνομωτάτη διαφερόντως
cf. also Gorg. 487B αἰσχυντηροτέρω μᾶλλον τοῦ δέοντος
suggestions have been proposed, but the text is sound.