χαλεπὸν...ἡ μέθη. Similarly in 180 B we have neut. adj. with masc. subst. (θειότερον...ἐραστής). For the sentiment cp. Ar. Vesp. 1253 κακὸν τὸ πίνειν: κτλ.: Theogn. 211 οἶνόν τοι πίνειν πουλὺν κακόν: Xen. Symp. II. 26 ἢν μὲν ἀθρόον τὸ ποτὸν ἐγχεώμεθα, ταχὺ ἡμῖν καὶ τὰ σώματα καὶ αἱ γνῶμαι σφαλοῦνται κτλ. For the pedantic reference to ἡ ἰατρική, cp. 186 A. κραιπαλῶντα. Tim. Lex. Plat. explains by ἔτι ἀπὸ τῆς μέθης βαρυνόμενον. For the accus., in place of dat. (in appos. to ἄλλῳ), cp. 188 D ἡμῖν...δυναμένους: Rep. 414 A, etc. νῦν δ̓...οἱ λοιποί. With οἱ λοιποί we must supply σοὶ πείσονται, as Stallb. and Winckelmann observed. Rettig alone, of later editors, retains the reading νῦν δ᾽ αὖ εὖ βούλονται, with Wolf's rendering, “nunc bene est, quod item reliquos id velle video”; but, as Hug remarks, that εὖ βούλονται can mean “bene est quod volunt” lacks proof.
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