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περιτρέχων ὅπῃ τύχοιμι, i.e. with no fixed principle of conduct,— “like a wave of the sea, driven with the wind and tossed.” Cp. Tim. 43 B ἀτάκτως ὅπῃ τύχοι προιέναι: Seneca de vita beata I. 2 “quamdiu quidem passim vagamur non ducem secuti...conteretur vita inter errores brevis,” etc.

οἰόμενος τὶ ποιεῖν. For τι, magnum quid, cp. 219 C, Phaedrus 242 E, etc.

Παίδων ὄντων ἡμῶν ἔτι. Sc. Apollodorus and Glaucon. Plato, too, born about 427 B.C., was a παῖς at the date of Agathon's victory (416 B.C.).

τῇ πρώτῃ τραγῳδίᾳ. “Respicit Plato ad tetralogias” (Reynders).

τῇ ὑστεραίᾳ . For this (compendious) construction cp. Thuc. I. 60 τεσσαρακοστῇ ἡμέρᾳ ὕστερον... Ποτίδαια ἀπέστη (with Shilleto's note); Lys. XIX. 22.

τὰ ἐπινίκια ἔθυεν. “Made a sacrificial feast in honour of his victory.” On this occasion it was the author himself who provided the feast and offered the sacrifice. Sometimes however it was the Choregus (e.g. Ar. Ach. 886), and sometimes the friends of the successful competitor (e.g. Xen. Symp. I. 4). Similarly at Rome it was customary for the dux gregis to entertain his troupe after a victory (see Plaut. Rud. 1417 ff.).

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