41. τοὺς δὲ ἀνδρείους ὡς οὐ θαρραλέοι εἰσίν
. The οὐ
is due to a confusion between (1) τοὺς δὲ ἀνδρείους ὡς
οὐ θαρραλέοι εἰσίν, οὐδαμοῦ ἐπέδειξας
and (2) οἱ δὲ ἀνδρεῖοι ὡς
θαρραλέοι εἰσίν, τὸ ἐμὸν ὁμολόγημα, οὐδαμοῦ κτλ.
The insertion of
is the more natural because after verbs of refuting and the
like the object clause gives what is maintained and not what is
refuted, whence ἐλέγχειν ὡς οὐ, ἀντιλέγειν ὡς οὐ
45. καὶ ἐν τούτῳ οἴει κτλ.
Protagoras ignores Socrates'
proposition in 350B
(25-30), where it is shown that θάρρος
is not ἀνδρεία
; see next note.
48. πρῶτον μὲν γὰρ κτλ.
, i.e. you might as well argue
(1) οἱ ἰσχυροί
, (2) οἱ ἐπιστήμονες
. This would only be correct if for
(1) we substituted οἱ δυνατοί
. To make Protagoras'
picture of Socrates' argument complete, we should have to add
(3) none who are δυνατοί
is not true, whereas Socrates' third proposition is. The completed picture therefore fails to represent correctly Socrates'
reasoning in each of its steps, but none the less are Protagoras'
objections strictly relevant, and indeed fatal to Socrates' conclusion as expressed in 350C
(33-6), and that is why Socrates
makes no reply.