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ὥσπερ οὐκ ἐπὶ σοὶ ὄν: as if it were not in your power. For the participle with ὥσπερ, expressing comparison, see G. 1576; H. 978 a.

Ἀσπασίας: the celebrated mistress of Pericles, famed for her beauty and intellect. Socrates, too, admired her brilliant gifts, but when he speaks of her as of a teacher, in Xenophon and Plato, the term must be accepted as ironical. It is obvious that no Aspasia was needed to teach Socrates the lessons here inculcated.

προμνηστρίδας: matchmakers.

οὐκ ἐθέλειν: “it was not their way.”

ἐπαινεῖν: join with ψευδομένας, to praise untruthfully.

ἀληθεύω: say with truth.

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