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Const., Πιττακὸς τὸ χαλεπὸν οὐκ ἔλεγε τοῦτο, γενέσθαι ἐσθλόν, ἀλλὰ τὸ ἔμμεναι, sc. ἐσθλόν. The inf. is used with equal freq. with and without the art. after this use of τοῦτο. Cf. also Gorg. 489 d πάλαι τοπάζω τοιοῦτόν τί σε λέγειν τὸ κρεῖττον.

Socrates ascribes this view only to Prodicus and others, not to himself, as he already has in mind his own later exposition. There is at the same time an allusion here to Prodicus's ‘Choice of Heracles’ in connection with which Xenophon also, Mem. ii. 1. 20, quotes the passage of Hesiod.

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