ἐφ᾽ αὑτῶν εἰκῇ
: cf. 320 a
, 323 c
: cf. Seneca Epistol.
94 § 51 digiti puerorum tenentur et aliena manu per literarum simulacra ducuntur, and Quintil. i. 1. 27 cum vero jam ductus sequi coeperit (sc. puer) non inutile erit literas tabellae quam optime insculpi ut per illos velut sulcos ducatur stilus (cf. v. 14. 31). The passages just quoted have led to the impression that Plato also refers to letters
to be traced over by the boy. But γραμμή
does not mean letter
, and we must therefore understand the lines
within which the boys must keep their letters. The comparison is thus the more forcible. In Theaet.
172 e, Plato calls the ἀντωμοσία
a ὑπογραφή, ἧς ἐκτὸς οὐ ῥητέον
: rare in prose, cf. 338 a ὣς οὖν ποιήσετε
vii. 530 d κινδυνεύει, ὡς πρὸς ἀστρονομίαν ὄμματα πέπηγεν, ὣς πρὸς ἐναρμόνιον φορὰν ὦτα παγῆναι
, it is probable that as the eyes are appointed for astronomy, so the ears for harmonious motions.
—The slight mingling of syntactic and paratactic connection, seen in ὣς δέ
, is very common in Plato, i.e. 328 a
, cf. also ὅμως δέ
after εἰ 353 d