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παρ᾽ . κατακλίνου. Usually each κλίνη held two, but in 175 C it is said that Agathon had a couch to himself, while in 213 A we find three on the same couch.

ἀπονίζειν τὸν παῖδα. The article indicates that a special slave was set apart for this duty. For the custom of foot-washing see Plut. Phoc. 20; Petron. Sat. 31; Evang. Luc. vii. 44; Joann. xiii. 5. For the hand-washing see Ar. frag. 427 φέρε, παῖ, ταχέως κατὰ χειρὸς ὕδωρ, | παράπεμπε τὸ χειρόμακτρον.

Σωκράτης οὗτος κτλ. The ipsissima verba of the παῖς are here repeated, hence the use of οὗτος and of the def. article with προθύρῳ: in the corrections proposed by Madvig and Herwerden this point is overlooked. For πρόθυρον, “porch,” i.e. the space between the house-door (αὐλεία) and the street, see Smith D. A. I. 661^{b}.

οὔκουν καλεῖς κτλ. καλεῖς is of course future, not pres. as Rückert wrongly supposed. For the constr. see Goodwin G. M. T. § 299.


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