Stallbaum, though reading ὡς, punctuates like Hommel
(who keeps the vulgate ᾗ) after the first as well
as after the second εἰπεῖν, as if the meaning were
“to speak in the way in which I ought to speak,” which is
nonsense. The first εἰπεῖν (=δηλοῦν) is different in force from the other two (=λόγονποιεῖσθαι), the sense being “first to state the proper
method I am to adopt in my oration, and secondly to deliver it.” Agathon has
imbibed a “worship of machinery”—the machinery of
method— from the fashionable schools of rhetoric.
δοκοῦσιγάρμοι. Agathon, like the rest
(cp. 180 D, 185 E),
adopts the favourite rhetorical device of criticizing the manner or thought of
previous speakers: cp. Isocr. Busir. 222
B, 230 A; Hel. 210 Bφησὶμὲνγὰρἐγκώμιον... τυγχάνειδ᾽ἀπολογίανεἰρηκώςκτλ.: Panegyr. 41 B
ff., 44 C.
The Symposium of Plato. R. G. Bury. 1909. Cambridge. W. Heffer and Sons.
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