ἔφησθα ἐν τῷ λόγῳ. See 197 B: cp. Isocr. Hel. 219 A τῶν δὲ καλῶν ἔρως ἡμῖν ἐγγίγνεται. ἐπιεικῶς γ᾽ ἔλεγες. For ἐπιεικῶς, probe, recte, cp. Rep. 431 E, Laws 635 A. I have ventured to read ἔλεγες for the traditional λέγεις. In the present context λέγεις seems objectionable because of its ambiguity, since “You say well” would more naturally be taken to refer to A.'s reply (εἶπον γάρ) than to his previous statement. This objection is not touched by Rettig's defence of the tense: “auch das Präsens ist ganz an seinem Platze. Da Agathon bestätigt, dass er sich so geäussert habe, wie Sokrates angebe, so gilt seine obige Aeusserung auch jetzt.”
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