τὸ μὲν οὖν ἀληθές
: introduces a new topic, that of the value of philosophy. Its connexion with the preceding lies in the fact that Callicles looks upon philosophy as the hindrance
which prevents Socrates from recognizing the truth of what he says.ἐπὶ τὰ μείζω
: is indefinite, and is employed only to depreciate philosophy and relegate it to a lower plane, as is evident from Callicles' further exposition.
: with a pleasing condescension, recognizing its merit,—but what a poor merit! Cf. 485 b
ἐν τῇ ἡλικίᾳ
: “in the time of life suitable for it.” What period this is can be gathered from the expressions πόρρω τῆς ἡλικίας
and περαιτέρω τοῦ δέοντος
. The words μετρίως
are also designedly chosen.
: Callicles assumes almost the tone of an oracle.