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καὶ μετρίως αἰσθανομένῳ: concessive, even of moderate discernment. For αἰσθάνομαι in the sense of general intelligence, cf. οὐδὲ πρὸς ἀνθρώπων τῶν αἰσθανομένων Thuc. i. 71.

ὁπουοῦν, ὁτῳοῦν: see on ὁπωστιοῦν i. 6. 11.

ἀποδεχομένους ἐκεῖνον: “receiving and accepting his teachings.” Cf. τοὺς ἀποδεξαμένους ἅπερ αὐτὸς ἐδοκίμαζεν i. 2. 8.

παίζων, σπουδάζων: cf. ἔπαιζεν ἅμα σπουδάζων i. 3. 8. An instance of the playfulness is found in the ἐρᾶν of 2, a word usually directed toward physical attractions. Another is the amusing προοίμιον of 2. 4 and 5.

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