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τεμεῖν: freq. of the way, course, open, take, pursue (like Lat. secare). Cf. Polit. 262 b διὰ μέσων δὲ ἀσφαλέστερον ἰέναι τέμνοντας, Legg. vii. 803 e καθάπερ ὁδοὶ τέτμηνται. —

ὥς: equiv. to οὕτως, elsewhere in prose, only after ὡς, ὥσπερ (see on 326 d); yet this use is also found in Thuc. iii. 37 ὣς οὖν χρὴ καὶ ἡμᾶς ποιοῦντας παραινεῖν. — The imperative force of the fut. ind. corresponds to the assumption and confidence of Hippias. —

ῥαβδοῦχον: it was very appropriate for Hippias the Elean to multiply terms for the directors and judges of contests, and thus to embellish his discourse. The ῥαβδοῦχοι or ῥαβδοφόροι are seen on all vases in pictures of gymnastic contests. On ἐπιστάτης and βραβευτής cf. Legg. xii. 949 a καὶ γυμνικῶν τε καὶ ἱππικῶν ἄθλων ἐπιστάτας καὶ βραβέας. Finally πρύτανις, an old word, president, was also doubtless the proper name of the one who arranged the contests. These presidents were selected either by those who instituted the respective games, or by the combatants themselves. In Socrates's words which follow, these methods of selection run into each other.

τέ: see on 325 b, 1. 27.

ἡρήσεται: the fut. pf. with temporal aug. is very rare.

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