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τὸ τὰς χεῖρας κτλ.: const. τὸ ποιεῖν τοὺς καλοὺς ὑπομένειν τινὰ προσφέροντα τὰς χεῖρας. Socrates asserts that his art (ἐπιστήμη) does not include submitting to physical caresses.

Σκύλλης: cf. Homer's description of this monster (μ 85 ff.).

Σειρῆνας: see on 11.

ὑπομένειν (after φασίν): equivalent to non fugere. This and the other infs. (φεύγειν, κηλεῖσθαι) represent the impf. of direct discourse.

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