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24. εἶεν: δὲ δὴ σοφιστής. For εἶεν and δὲ δή see on 311Cabove.

25. δῆλον ὅτι περὶ οὗπερ καὶ ἐπίστασθαι. Stahl's emendation (ἐπίστασθαι for ἐπίσταται), which had occurred to us independently, seems to be certain. Most editions read δῆλον ὅτι περὶ οὗπερ καὶ ἐπίσταται; inserting before δῆλον (with Heindorf) and giving the words to Socrates, but it is surely more natural to regard them as giving Hippocrates' reply to Socrates' question, in which case δῆλον ὅτι is right. The MS. reading ἐπίσταται gives a non sequitur; for the harpist makes one δεινὸς λέγειν περὶ οὖπερ καὶ ἐπιστήμονα i.e. περὶ οὖπερ καὶ ἐπίστασθαι, not περὶ οὗπερ καὶ ἐπιστήμων-ἐστὶν i.q. ἐπίσταται. The next sentence τί δή ἐστι τοῦτο, περὶ οὗ αὐτός τε ἐπιστήμων ἐστὶν σοφιστὴς καὶ τὸν μαθητὴν ποιεῖ (sc. ἐπίστασθαι); in no way invalidates the reading ἐπίστασθαι: it is everywhere assumed in the Platonic writings that he who makes others know has knowledge himself: see for example Alcib. I, 111B οὐκ οἶσθ᾽ ὅτι χρὴ τοὺς μέλλοντας διδάσκειν ὁτιοῦν αὐτοὺς πρῶτον εἰδέναι; οὔ; πῶς γὰρ οὔ; and ibid. 113C, 118C.

27. οὐκέτι. See below on οὐκέτι in 321D

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