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cles has given in the investigation also a practical example of that ἀκολασία which he had defended in theory. For him the investigation is only a trial of wits. In οὗτος ἀνὴρ κτἑ. we may have a reminiscence of the expression used by Callicles of Socrates in 489 b.

καταλύομεν: this idiomatic use of the pres. instead of the fut. of a course of action to be immediately taken is also idiomatic in Latin and English. See Kr. 53, 1, 9. In a somewhat similar manner the pres. is used of the immediate consequence by Dem. de Falsa Leg. 32 εἰ δέ φησιν οὗτος, δειξάτω καὶ παρασχέσθω, κἀγὼ καταβαίνω. Cf. 513 c.

αὐτὸς γνώσει: refuses to answer. “You will have to decide that.”

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