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ζηλῶν οἷα κτλ. I.e. ζηλῶν αὐτοὺς ὅτι τοιαῦτα κτλ., “With envy for the noble offspring they leave.” For οἷος=ὅτι τοιοῦτος, cp. Xen. Cyr. VII. 3. 13 (Madv. Gr. S. § 198 R. 3). Rückert punctuates after Ἡσίοδον, Hommel after ἀπόβλεψας, and it is evident from Rettig's note,—“Homer kann man nur bewundern, mit andern Dichtern ist es eher möglich zu wetteifern,”—that he too mistakes the construction: we must supply αὐτούς (as Stallb.) with ζηλῶν and construe all the accusatives as depending on εἰς: cp. I. Alc. 120 A, 122 B, C. This passage is quoted by Proclus ad Pl. Rep. p. 393.

ἀθάνατον κλέος καὶ μνήμην. Cp. 208 D (note).

αὐτὰ τοιαῦτα. Rettig says “sc. ἀθάνατα”; but the words imply κλέος as well as ἀθανασία.

εἰ δὲ βούλει. See on 177 D. This is a brachylogy for εἰ δὲ βούλει, ζηλῶν Λυκοῦργον οἵους παῖδας κτλ.

παῖδας κατελίπετο. For the middle, cp. Laws 721 C, Rep. 594 C.

σωτῆρας τῆς Λ. “Dadurch, dass sie den revolutionären Bewegungen ein Ende machten” (Rettig). Agathon had already applied σωτήρ to Eros (197 E). For Plato's philo-Laconism, see Zeller's Plato (E. T.) p. 484. For the mythical lawgiver “Lycurgus” (vulgarly dated at 885 B.C.), see Bury H. Gr. p. 135. The statement that his laws were the salvation “practically” of Hellas may be taken to refer to the part played by the Spartans during the Persian invasions, cp. Pind. Pyth. I. 77 ff. See also the parallel passage in Xen. Symp. VIII. 38—9.

τίμιος δὲ κτλ. For this emphatic position of the adj., cp. Laws 730 D τίμιος μὲν δὴ καὶ μηδὲν ἀδικῶν.

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