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3. Κριτίας the foremost of the Thirty so-called tyrants was related to Plato on the mother's side, Perictione Plato's mother being granddaughter of the elder Critias, who was father of Callaeschrus. He is one of the dramatis personae in the Charmides and Timaeus, and the dialogue Critias is named after him. A scholiast on the Timaeus, 20A (quoted by Stallbaum) describes him as γενναίας καὶ ἁδρᾶς φύσεως, ἥπτετο δὲ καὶ φιλοσόφων συνουσιῶν, καὶ ἐκαλεῖτο ἰδιώτης μὲν ἐν φιλοσόφοις, φιλόσοφος δὲ ἐν ἰδιώταις. For the fragments of his poems see Bergk's Poetae Lyrici Graeci4, II, 279 ff.

4. ἔτι σμίκρ᾽ ἄτταδιαθεασάμενοι. σμίκρ᾽ ἄττα is the plural of σμικρόν τι, and as ἔτι σμικρόν τι διατρίψαντες would mean ‘after a little further delay’, so ἔτι σμίκρ᾽ ἄττα διατρίψαντες means ‘after some little further delays’. The reference in ἔτι is to 314C ταῦτα in καὶ ταῦτα refers to the causes of the delays, which were, as usual, some topics of discourse: its antecedent is involved in διατρίψαντες.

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