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θεραπεῦσαι: the care of the soul by sophist and philosopher is often compared to the physician's treatment of the body, cf. 357 e Πρωταγόρας ὅδε φησὶν ἰατρὸς εἶναι (sc. τῆς ἀμαθίας).

πράγματι: the calling of the σοφιστής a thing has somewhat of mocking humor. Cf. Ar. Eccl. 441 γυναῖκα δ᾽ εἶναι πρᾶγμ̓ ἔφη νουβυστικὸν καὶ χρηματοποιόν (clever and money-making), Plato Gorg. 520 b μέμφεσθαι τούτῳ τῷ πράγματι (i.e. the people) αὐτοὶ παιδεύουσιν. Still stronger are the expressions μέγα πρᾶγμα, μέγα χρῆμα. Cf. Hdt. iii. 132 ἦν δὲ μέγιστον πρῆγμα Δημοκήδης παρὰ βασιλέι, Dem. XXXV. 15 Λάκριτος, μέγα πρᾶγμα, Ἰσοκράτους μαθητής.

μέν: confirmative, in truth. Freq. used alone in questions and replies. Hippocrates seems to speak with more confidence here than in a above.

In σοφιστής Hippocrates thinks he recognizes the stem ιστ-, ὃς τὰ σοφὰ ἐπ-ίστ-αται, as Crat. 406 b Ἄρτεμις is explained as ἀρετῆς ἵστωρ, and 407 c Ἥφαιστος as φάεος ἵστωρ.

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