: sc. in the course of his activity as a statesman.ἀντὶ χειρόνων
: the brachylogy is here harder than in the case where the relation is reversed; e.g. Polit.
308 a ἀντ᾽ ἐλευθέρων γενόμενοι δοῦλοι
. We might have expected ἐκ
: here denotes not so much Pericles' first appearance before the people as the first period of his political life. This began even before the death of Ephi altes, who, owing to the machinations of his enemies, was murdered shortly after the banishment of Cimon (460 B.C.). The height of Pericles' power was reached after the death of Cimon and the banishment of Thucydides, son of Melesias (443 B.C.).— On the construction of ἄρχεσθαι
, see on 488 a
τὰ τελευταῖα ἔλεγεν
: Socrates is referring again, not so much to Pericles' last oratorical efforts, but to the last period of his political activity, which fell within the first years of the Peloponnesian war. On the result of his last speech (430 B.C.) Thucydides (ii. 65) remarks: Τοιαῦτα ὁ Περικλῆς λέγων ἐπειρᾶτο τοῦς Ἀθηναίους τῆς τε ἐπ᾽ αὐτὸν ὀργῆς παραλύειν καὶ ἀπὸ τῶν παρόντων δεινῶν ἀπάγειν τὴν γνώμην. οἱ δὲ δημοσίᾳ μὲν τοῖς λόγοις ἀνεπείθοντο . . . οὐ μέντοι πρότερόν γε οἱ ξύμπαντες ἐπαύσαντο ἐν ὀργῇ ἔχοντες αὐτὸν πρὶν ἐζημίωσαν χρήμασιν
. —On the neut. pl., see on 512 b
and Kr. 46, 3, 2.
: is adverbial dat. corresponding to the adverb ἴσως