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τἀργύρεια: the silver mines, at Laurium. See on ii. 5. 2.

οὐ γὰρ οὖν: certainly not. For οὖν adding emphasis to an affirmative, see on iii.3.2.

καὶ γάρ: and with good reason, for.

λέγεται βαρὺ τὸ χωρίον εἶναι: the district is said to be unhealthy.

αὕτη σοι πρόφασις ἀρκέσει: this will serve you as an excuse.

σκώπτομαι: you are mocking me. Cf. οἴμοι γελῶμαι Soph. Ant. 832, ὑβριζόμεθα Aristophanes Peace 1264. Glauco is as earnest as he is foolish, and Socrates now adopts a more serious tone.

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