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οὐ μήν: neque vero. Cf. i.2.5.

αὐλητής: master of the flute.

ἐὰν φανῶσιν: for the pres. general supposition, see G. 1393; H. 894.

αἰτίαν ἔχει: is blamed.

τούτου: as in 26.

τὸν πρόσθεν: for the adv. as adj., see G. 952; H. 600.—ἀλλ̓ οὐχ ὅσῳ ἄν κτλ.: “on the contrary, does he not rather award praise to the first teacher, just in proportion as his son seems to have deteriorated while in the society of the second?”

ὅσῳ, τοσούτῳ: for the dat. of degree of difference, see G. 1184; H. 781.

ἀλλ᾽ οἵ γε πατέρες αὐτοί: nay, the very fathers themselves.

συνόντες: concessive.

τῶν παίδων πλημμελούντων: with conditional force.

ἐάν: provided.

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