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ἐγὼ καὶ Γοργίας: besides being the Greek idiom, the initial position of ἐγώ softens the supposition for Gorgias. The Latin has the same position.

δίκαιος δ᾽ εἶ: the sense is to be supplied from what precedes. Cf. Lach. 180 d εἴ τι ἔχεις τῷδε τῷ σαυτοῦ δημότῃ ἀγαθὸν συμβουλεῦσαι, χρὴ συμβουλεύειν: δίκαιος δ᾽ εἶ. The regular neg. of the inf. after δοκεῖ would be οὐ. μὴ is here due to the conditional color. For the personal const. see on 449 c.

ἀναθέσθαι: the figure is drawn from the draughts-board; it is the regular word for ‘taking back’ a move. Similarly, Prot. 354 e ἀλλ᾽ ἔτι καὶ νῦν ἀναθέσθαι ἔξεστιν, εἴ πῃ ἔχετε ἄλλο τι φάναι.

τί τοῦτο λέγεις: equiv. to τί ἐστι τοῦτο λέγεις. Kr. 57, 3, 6; H. 1012 a.

ἐὰν καθέρξῃς: as it were, by a dam or a fence.

χρῆσθαι: because in μακρολο- γία the orator has at his disposal all the devices of his art.

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