: both words are
suggestive of a boys' school. θρόνος
, the high armchair, was, at least in later times, the accustomed seat of the rhetorician or sophist. Cf. Plut. περὶ τοῦ ἀκούειν
, c. 12 ἀναστάντες γὰρ ἀπὸ τοῦ θρόνου καὶ ἀποθέμενοι τὰ βιβλία . . . μικροὶ φαίνονται
(sc. οἱ σοφισταί
are the school benches, cf. 325 e
.—Eryximachus, an intelligent physician of reputation, appears also in Phaedr.
268 a and Symp.
176 b ff.; with regard to Phaedrus, see the dialogue which bears his name; these two are everywhere represented as inti mate friends. Andron is mentioned also in Gorg.
487 c as eagerly occupied with philosophy; he was afterwards perhaps one of the Four Hundred; probably the orator Androtion, against whom Demosthenes spoke, was his son.
Cf. 318 e
; Hipp. Ma.
285 b ἃ σὺ
(Hippias) κάλλιστα ἐπίστασαι, τὰ περὶ τὰ ἄστρα τε καὶ τὰ οὐράνια πάθη
. Astronomy was devoted to the investigation of the motions, nature, and origin of the heavenly bodies, and the general constitution of the universe,—ἡ φύσις
: Hippias pronounced his verdicts, like the judge or the schoolmaster, from his high seat. Cf. Rep.
i. 348 b καὶ ἤδη δικαστῶν τινῶν τῶν διακρινούντων δεησόμεθα