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ἐν τῷ συνδείπνῳ. Similarly in Aristoph. Gerytades (frag. 204 ἐν τοῖσι συνδείπνοις ἐπαινῶν Αἰσχύλον) σύνδειπνον is used for the more precise συμπόσιον: and a lost play of Sophocles bore the title Ἀχαιῶν σύλλογος σύνδειπνον σύνδειπνοι (see fragg. 146 ff., Dindf.).

τίνες ἦσαν. For phrases of this kind, “satis libere subjecta orationi,” see Vahlen, Op. Acad. II. 393.

Φοίνικος τοῦ Φιλίππου. Nothing is known of this man. See Introd. § II. A.

δικαιότατος γὰρ κτλ. τοῦ ἑταίρου is almost equivalent to ἑταίρου γε ὄντος, giving the reason why Apollodorus is δικαιότατος.

παρεγένου τῇ συνουσίᾳ. Cp. Hom. Od. XVII. 173 καί σφιν παρεγίγνετο δαιτί: and the exordium of the Phaedo (57 A) αὐτὸς, Φ., παρεγένου Σωκράτει ... ἄλλου του ἠκούσας;

Παντάπασιν ἔοικέ σοι κτλ. “It is quite evident that his narration was of the vaguest kind.” διηγεῖσθαι is here the infin. of διηγεῖτο. The emphatic repetition of οὐδὲν σαφές is a ground for suspecting that the reference is to a published account in which the facts were distorted.

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