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ἐξ ὧν δὴ καὶ ἐμίσει Κριτίας: as a result of which, accordingly, Critias even hated. This does not contradict what is said in 15 and 47: Critias had a grudge against Socrates, yet remained with him until he thought he had learned enough from him.

τῶν τριάκοντα: for the pred. gen., see G. 1094, 7; H. 732.

νομοθέτης: in the year 404 B.C., the oligarchical party at Athens, backed by the all-powerful Spartan Lysander, succeeded in having a commission of thirty appointed, ostensibly to exercise the ancient function of Nomothetae, or revisers of the laws. Among these, Critias (see on 12), Theramenes, and Charicles were the most prominent. The Thirty soon usurped all the powers of government and inaugurated a reign of terror, which lasted for eight months. For an account of these events, see Grote, Hist. of Greece, c.lxv, and Hell. ii. 3, 4.

ἀπεμνημόνευσεν: here in a hostile sense, he remembered it against him.

λόγων τέχνην: the art of speaking. The law was broad enough to include the conversational utterances of Socrates.— ὅπῃ ἐπιλάβοιτο: how to reach him. For the opt. representing interr. subjv. of direct discourse, see G. 1490; H. 932, 2.

τὸ κοινῇ ... ἐπιτιμώμενον: the charge commonly brought by the many against philosophers. Acc. to Sym. vi. 6; Oec. xi. 3; Ar. Clouds 100 ff.; Plato Apol. 18B, this charge was that philosophers were a race of busybodies, who meddled with things in ‘the heaven above, the earth beneath, and the water under the earth’; and secondly, that they were jugglers with words, making the worse appear the better reason. Cf. also τὰ κατὰ πάντων τῶν φιλοσοφούντων πρόχειρα (commonplaces) ταῦτα λέγουσιν, ὅτι τὰ μετέωρα (celestial phenomena), καὶ τὰ ὑπὸ γῆς, καὶ θεοὺς μὴ νομίζειν, καὶ τὸν ἥττω λόγον κρείττω ποιεῖν (διδάσκει) Plato Apol. 23D.

γάρ: explains the preceding διαβάλλων, “slander must we call it,” for.

φάσκοντος: see on 19. For the supplementary participle, see on οὐδεὶς δὲ πώποτε Σωκράτους i. 1. 11.

ᾐσθόμην: instead of ἤκουσα, to avoid repetition.

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