Callicles is very eager to get the conversation directed to his own more especial field—politics. Hence his support of Chaerephon's protest, which he emphasizes by the addition of the expression καὶ μὲν δὴ καὶ αὐτός
, where the καὶ μέν
approximates closely in force to καὶ μήν
οὐκ οἶδ᾽ εἰ
: commonly equiv. to haud scio an, sometimes, as here, to haud scio an non. On εἰ
in this double meaning, see Kr. 65, 1, 8.
f. ὥστε . . . χαριεῖσθε
: compare with ὥστε . . . πράττειν
, a few lines above.
τό γ᾽ ἐμόν
: has almost the same force as ἐγώ
, only less personal. Like the phrases with περί
, it became very common in later Greek. Cf. Rep.
vii. 533 a ἐπεὶ τό γ̓ ἐμὸν οὐδὲν ἂν προθυμίας ἀπολίποι
210 a ἐρῶ μὲν οὖν ἐγὼ, καὶ προθυμίας οὐδὲν ἀπολείψω
. Kr. 43, 4, 26.
: note that Gorgias is impelled to a continuation of the dialogue only by regard for his own honor. This motive was especially strong with the Sophists; cf. Prot.
352 d αἰσχρόν ἐστιν ἐμοὶ σοφίαν μὴ οὐχὶ πάντων κράτιστον φάναι
. With αἰσχρόν
and similar words which im ply a negation, it is more usual to find μὴ οὐ
. GMT. 817. It is also more common to employ the dat. of reference, instead of the acc. with the infinitive. Rid. § 183.τὸ λοιπόν
: not ‘furthermore,’ with Kr. 46, 3, 2, but “finally,” “in conclusion,” after those present have expressed their desires.
: for the meaning, see on 447 c
. Here it acquires almost the force of “challenge,” since the subject of the inf. must be supplied out of the following ὅτι τις βούλεται