ὡς ὁ Ἔρως. The Bodleian's ὡς, though doubtful, is possible. Perhaps the variants arose from an original ὅσων or ἐν ᾧ. πράττει...ἀπεχθάνεται. This may contain an allusion, as Usener suggests, to some familiar verse such as, e.g., πράττει δ᾽ ἐναντἴ ὃς θεοῖς ἀπήχθετο. μή μοι ὑπολάβῃ. This is one of three cases in Plato of “μή with the (independent) subjunctive implying apprehension coupled with the desire to avert the object of fear,”—the other cases being Euthyd. 272 C, Laws 861 E (see Goodwin G. M. T. § 264). κωμῳδῶν τὸν λόγον. “Ridiculing my discourse,” cp. 189 B: so ἐπικωμῳδῶν, Apol. 31 D. As Hug observes, A. is really κωμῳδῶν himself when, in comic contrast to the picture drawn of Agathon in Thesm. 31 ff., he here suggests that he is τὴν φύσιν ἄρρην.
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