τἀληθῆ...ψεύδομαι. Cp. 216 A, 214 E for similar protestations. Observe the effectiveness of this pause in the narration, and of the challenge to contradiction, as marking an approaching climax: cp. Phaedo 85 D. ἐν ἐρημίᾳ. “Tête-à-tête”: cp. Rep. 604 A, Phaedrus 236 C ἐσμὲν...μόνω ἐν ἐρημίᾳ. ἄν...ὤχετο. If ἄν is right we must take it to denote repeated action, “solebat identidem discedere” (Stallb.): cp. Apol. 22 B (Madv. Gr. S. § 117 b, R. 3; L. and S. s.v. ἄν C). συνημερεύσας. The only other ex. in Plato is Phaedrus 240 C παιδικοῖς... ἐραστὴς...εἰς τὸ συνημερεύειν πάντων ἀηδέστατον. ξυγγυμνάζεσθαι. For this practice, cp. 182 C, Menex. 236 D, Rep. 452 A ff.; and Xen. Symp. II. 16 ff., where Socr. treats of public and private gymnastics.
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