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ᾤμην: I always supposed. Impf. of habitual past action.

τοὺς φιλοσοφοῦντας: lovers of knowledge. Cf. the Platonic use of φιλοσόφους equivalent to φιλομαθεῖς, and ἀλλὰ μέντοι, εἶπον ἐγώ, τό γε φιλομαθὲς καὶ φιλόσοφον ταὐτόν; ταὐτὸν γάρ, ἔφη Plato Rep. 376 B. Cf. also Plato's use of ὀρθῶς φιλοσοφοῦντες (Phaedo 67 E) to avoid the use of φιλόσοφοι in a technical sense.

εὐδαιμονεστέρους: happier, “more prosperous.” The opposite condition is κακοδαιμονία in 3.

χρῆναι γίγνεσθαι: necessarily become.

ἀπολελαυκέναι: to have enjoyed, ironical. For a similar use of ἐπαυρίσκομαι, cf. ἵνα πάντες ἐπαύρωνται βασιλῆος Hom. A 410.

οὐδ᾽ ἂν εἷς: stronger than οὐδεὶς ἄν. Cf. iv.3.15, and the Eng. ‘no one’ and ‘none.’

ὡς: connect with διαιτώμενος.

μείνειε: opposed to ἀποδιδράσκειν. In this sense, παραμένειν is generally used, as, e.g., Oec. iii. 4, Plato Meno 97 D.—σῖτά τε κτλ.: in explanatory appos. with the preceding. What conj. might have been used? For the decl. of σῖτα, see G. 288; H. 214.

ἠμφίεσαι: pf. with pres. meaning. For aug. before prep., see G. 544; H. 361.

οὐ μόνον, ἀλλά: like the Lat. non solum, sed. The second notion, as the more important, is added to the first, but without excluding it, as would be the case with οὐκ, ἀλλά (non, sed).

ἀνυπόδητος: no special singularity is implied in assigning to Socrates a custom adopted by many of the more ascetic philosophers. Aristophanes (Clouds 103) applies this epithet, with others, to the followers of Socrates. For an interesting account of Greek shoes in the classical period, see an article by A. A. Bryant in Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, vol. x. p. 57 ff.; and for the hardihood manifested by Socrates at the siege of Potidaea, see Plato Sym. 220 A, B.

ἀχίτων: i.e. without the outer χιτών (ἐπενδύτης). Under this outer garment was generally worn an inner χιτών (ὑπενδύτης), with which and his ἱμάτιον Socrates seems to have been content. See Guhl and Koner, The Life of the Greeks and Romans, p. 161 ff.

διατελεῖς: without ὤν, as Cyr. i. 5. 10.

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