καὶ Ἔρωτα κτλ. The notion of a duality, or plurality, in Eros is also hinted at in Eurip. fr. 550 ἑνὸς δ᾽ Ἔρωτος ὄντος οὐ μἴ ἡδονή: | οἱ μὲν κακῶν ἐρῶσιν, οἱ δὲ τῶν καλῶν: fr. adesp. 151 δισσὰ πνεύματα πνεῖς Ἔρως. Cp. Phaedrus 266 A. ἐπαινεῖν...θεούς. This is merely a formal saving clause, to avert possible Nemesis, and although it involves the speaker in something like selfcontradiction, there is no good reason to suspect corruption in the text (if correction be required, the easiest would be εὐφημεῖν, cp. Epin. 992 D εὐφημεῖν πάντας θεοὺς κτλ.). The laudation of base gods would sound less strange in ancient than in modern ears; and Eryximachus uses very similar language in 188 D (cp. 195 A).
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