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Πρόδικος: of Ceos, a contemporary of Socrates and Xenophon, the latter of whom may have heard him recite his apologue of Hercules at Thebes, in the course of a professional tour. Socrates spoke of him with respect, and in Plato several times calls himself a hearer of Prodicus. The σύγγραμμα περὶ Ἡρακλέους was a part of a larger work entitled Ὧραι.

ἐπιδείκνυται: exhibits, “recites.” The exhibition or ‘show’ speeches of the Sophists were generally called ἐπιδείξεις.

ὧδέ πως: see on τοιάδε τις i. 1. 1.

ἐκ παίδων: from childhood, concrete for abstract. For the accent of παίδων, see G. 128; H. 172 a.

ὁδόν: for the case, see on ἥν 11.—ἐξελθόντα κτλ.: cf. “nam quod Herculem Prodicus dicit, ut est apud Xenophontem,—exisse in solitudinem atque ibi sedentem diu secum multumque dubitasse etc.Cic. de Off. i. 32. 118.

τράπηται: for the interr. subjv. retained in indir. question, see G. 1490; H. 933.

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