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3. παρασχεῖν θεραπεῦσαι ἀνδρἱ σοφιστῇ. The word παρέχω is often used of putting oneself in the hands of a doctor: cf. Gorg. 456B φάρμακον πιεῖν τεμεῖν καῦσαι παρασχεῖν τῶ̣ ἰατρῷ. ἀνήρ is regularly used (mostly in a complimentary sense, real or feigned) with words which denote one's profession, standing or the like, e.g. ἀνὴρ μάντις, ἀνὴρ νομεύς, ἄνδρες δικασταί; cf. Euthyphr. 15D. For παρασχεῖν Cobet reads παρέχειν, but if MSS. can be trusted, Plato used the aorist infinitive with μέλλω tolerably often: see Schanz, Preface to Symposium, p. vii.

6. οὔτ᾽ εἰ ἀγαθῷ οὔτ᾽ εἰ κακῷ πράγματι. So in Gorgias 520B οὐκ ἐγχωρεῖν μέμφεσθαι τούτῳ τῷ πράγματι (their pupils) αὐτοὶ παιδεύουσιν. Here Socrates uses the most general form of expression because ex hypothesi nothing is yet known as to the sophist: cf. below, 330C δικαιοσύνη πρᾶγμά τί ἐστιν οὐδὲν πρᾶγμα; Cases like Crito, 53D οὐκ οἴει ἄσχημον ἂν φανεῖσθαι τὸ τοῦ Σωκράτους πρᾶγμα; are somewhat different and contain a slight admixture of contempt: see the Editor's note in loc.

7. οἶμαί γ᾽ εἰδέναι. Hippocrates οἴεται εἰδέναι μὴ εἰδώς: he is thus, according to Socrates, in the worst of all states: cf. Apol. ch. VI ff. Socrates now proceeds to convict him of ignorance.

8. ὥσπερ τοὔνομα λέγειτῶν σοφῶν ἐπιστήμονα. Hippocrates derives σοφιστής from σοφός and (ἐπίσταμαι) ‘quasi sit τῶν σοφῶν ἴστης’ (Heindorf, comparing the derivation of Ἥφαιστος in Crat. 407C from Φάεος ἵστωρ). The correct derivation is perhaps given by Suidas s.v.: σοφιστὴς καὶ διδάσκαλος ὡς σοφίζων (cf. σωφρονίζω=make σώφρων), but -ίζω is very elastic in meaning, and σοφίζω may very well mean ‘play the σοφός’.

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