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ἔνδον: with the gen. survives in prose only in the old-fashioned Antiphon v. 45 ἔνδον ὢν αὑτοῦ καὶ μὴ πεφοβημένος.—Parmenides held that fire and earth were the original elements of the sensible world; Empedocles first inserted between these as elements, air and water, which combine with fire and earth. That men originally sprang from the earth was the ancient belief of many peoples, and upon this belief rest the Greek autochthonic myths (Preller's Gr. Mythol. i.^{3} 63). To this Plato attaches also the myth in Polit. 272

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τῶν: the art. before rel. clauses is freq. in Plato. Cf. Rep. vi. 510 a τὰ ἐν τοῖς ὕδασι φαντάσματα καὶ ἐν τοῖς ὅσα πυκνά τε καὶ λεῖα καὶ φανὰ ξυνέστηκε the reflections in water, and in whatever bodies are solid, smooth, and polished, Phaedo 75 b ὀρέγεται τοῦ ἔστιν ἴσον aspires to that which is equal (i.e. abstract equality).

παραιτεῖται: beg as a favor, cf. Apol. 27 a ὅπερ κατ᾽ ἀρχὰς ὑμᾶς παρῃτησάμην, Critias 106 c ταὐτὸν καὶ νῦν ἐγὼ τοῦτο παραιτοῦμαι. Instead of the acc. of the thing, here the inf. νεῖμαι is used. Otherwise below, 358 a.

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