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τῆς Ἀφροδίτης...θεράπων. Cp. Orph. fr. 139 τὴν γὰρ Ἀφροδίτην παρήγαγεν δημιουργὸς...καὶ τὸν Ἔρωτα ὀπαδὸν αὐτῆς: Sappho fr. 74 (λέγει Ἀφροδίτη) σύ τε καλὸς (κἀμὸς Bgk.) θεράπων Ἔρος: Hes. Theog. 201 τῇ δ̓ (sc. ἈφροδίτῃἜρος ὡμάρτησε καὶ Ἵμερος ἕσπετο καλὸς | γεινομένῃ ταπρῶτα κτλ.: Max. Tyr. diss. XXIV. p. 297.

ἐραστὴς ὢν περὶ τὸ καλόν. Cp. 204 B, 206 E. For the thought, cp. Sir T. Browne (Rel. Med.) “I am naturally amorous of all that is beautiful.”

πρῶτον μὲν κτλ. Here follows a list of the properties which attach to Eros in virtue of his descent from Penia. Observe that the order is chiastic— here Penia-Poros, above Poros-Penia.

οἷον οἱ πολλοὶ οἴονται. This popular opinion had been esp. voiced by Agathon, 195 C ff.; and he had used the term σκληρός in 195 E, 196 A. The properties of Eros are, as observed by Max. Tyr. diss. XXIV. 4. p. 461, ἀτεχνῶς οἷα εἰς αὐτὸν Σωκράτην ἔσκωπτον ἐν Διονυσίοις οἱ κωμῳδοί: cp. Themist. or. 13. p. 161 D ff.

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