οὐδὲν...πλέον ἦν. “Nihil enim proficiebam” (Stallb.): cp. 222 D. ἐπειδὴ δὲ κτλ. Rettig supposes an allusion to Eur. Hipp. 390 ff. ἐπειδὴ τοισίδ᾽ οὐκ ἐξήνυτον Κύπριν | κρατῆσαι, κατθανεῖν ἔδοξέ μοι. For other reff. to Eurip., see 177 A, 189 C, 196 E. ἰστέον...πρᾶγμα. Reynders is alone in approving of Wyttenbach's “restoration,” ἰτέον ἤδη ἐπὶ τὸ πρᾶγμα: for, as Rückert argues, this must imply either that A. had as yet made no “conamen alliciendi S.,” which is untrue, or that he had not as yet begun his narration, which is equally untrue. The sense of the text is “I must get to the bottom of the matter without more ado,” i.e. discover the real ground of Socrates' indifference. Cp. Apol. 20 C τὸ σὸν τί ἐστι πρᾶγμα; προκαλοῦμαι δὴ κτλ. Here comes the third and most desperate expedient, in which Alcib. reverses their respective rôles and acts towards Socr. no longer as παιδικά but as ἐραστής (cp. 213 C, 222 B, and see Introd. § VI. 3). For three as a climacteric number cp. Phileb. 66 D, Euthyd. 277 C, Rep. 472 A. For ἐπιβουλεύων, cp. 203 B, 203 D.
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