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οὕτω πεφυκότος: resumes the foregoing prot. in order to add another, containing a contradiction, and then the more emphatically to draw the conclusion σκέψαι κτἑ.

θαυμασίως γίγνονται: we should have expected θαυμάσιοί εἰσιν or θαυμάσια πράττουσιν, still the reading can be sustained by expressions like that of Timothens in Plut. Mor. 127 a ὡς οἱ παρὰ Πλάτωνι δειπνήσαντες καὶ εἰσαύριον ἡδέως γίγνονται, 686 b (Ath. X. 419 d) τοὺς παρὰ Πλάτωνι δειπνήσαντας καὶ τῇ ὑστεραίᾳ καλῶς γίγνεσθαι, Aristophon in Ath. xiii. 559 d κακὸς κακῶς γένοιθ᾽ γήμας δεύτερος. It is prob. the language of common life. The meaning is then, how strangely it fares with the good, what a strange course they take. More freq. πεφυκέναι is thus construed with an adv.; e.g. Phaedo 60 b (τὸ ἡδὺ) ὡς θαυμασίως πέφυκε πρὸς τὸ λυπηρόν.

διδακτοῦ . . . ὄντος: this is continued from διδακτόν of the previous line, “if it can be taught, as I have shown that people believe.”

τὰ μὲν ἄλλα κτἑ.: argument a minore ad majus.

ζημία: in this use commonly has the art., “the legally appointed penalty.”

τέ: would be in its place, were the passage i.e. ἐφ᾽ ὧν τε ζημία ἐστὶ θάνατος καὶ τῶν οἴκων ἀνατροπαὶ γίγνονται. The sent., however, proceeds as though it began ἐφ᾽ ὧν δὲ ζημία θάνατός τε. Such transpositions of τέ within the connected group of words are not infreq.; cf. 336 c λόγον τε δοῦναι καὶ δέξασθαι, 338 b, l. 2, Rep. i. 348 b ἅμα αὐτοί τε δικασταὶ καὶ ῥήτορες ἐσόμεθα, Lach. 195 c τὸ ὑγιεινὸν εἰπεῖν οἷόν τε καὶ νοσῶδες, Crito 43 b ἐν τοσαύτῃ τε ἀγρυπνίᾳ καὶ λύπῃ εἶναι.

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