μακρῶν τῶν νυκτῶν. This indication of date would suit either the Lenaea in January or the Great Dionysia in March, though rather favouring the former (cp. Introd. § VIII a). ἀλεκτρυόνων ᾀδόντων. Cp. Theaet. 164 C ἀλεκτρυόνος ἀγεννοῦς δίκην...ᾁδειν. The hour of cock-crow was, theoretically, the 3rd watch (12—3 a.m.): cp. Ev. Mc. xiii. 35. Jowett's “he was awakened by a crowing of cocks” misses ἤδη, which goes with ᾀδόντων. καὶ οἰχομένους. We should expect ἤ rather than καί: but (as Rückert observes) οἱ μὲν ἄλλοι fall into two subdivisions,—those absent in spirit (καθεύδ.), and those absent in body (οἰχομ.). ἐγρηγορέναι κτλ. Cp. Athen. V. 192 A Σωκράτης...ἐγρήγορε...καὶ πίνει ἐξ ἀργυροῦ φρέατος: καλῶς γάρ τις τὰ μέγαλα ποτήρια οὕτως ὠνόμασε κτλ. τὰ μὲν ἄλλα κτλ. This is artistic selection disguised under the cloke of imperfect recollection, cp. 178 A, 180 C.
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