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15. οἴεταί οἱ μάλιστ᾽ ἂν γενέσθαι. B and T read μάλιστα without ἄν: see on Crito, 51E. It is more likely that ἄν should have dropped out after μάλιστα here than that Plato's usage should have varied with οἴομαι and the aorist infinitive referring to the future: cf. below, 353B οἶμαι ἂν ἔγωγε κάλλιστα φανερὸν γενέσθαι, where ἄν is in all the MSS.

17. μόνος οἴει δεῖνπρὸς μόνους. οἴει δεῖν is virtually like one verb, ἀξιοῖς or the like: it therefore takes the nom. (not the acc.) with inf.; cf. Demosth. Fals. Leg. 235 εὐθὺς ἡγούμην ἐν τούτοιςαὐτὸς περιεῖναι δεῖν αὐτῶν καὶ μεγαλοψυχότερος φαίνεσθαι, quoted by Stallbaum on Crito, 50E. Note that Protagoras here uses the more precise μόνος πρὸς μόνους, but above only μόνῳ (316 B)—unless (with Cobet and Schanz) we there insert μόνοι before μόνῳ.

19. ξένον γὰρ ἄνδρα καὶ ἰόντα κτλ. For καὶ ἰόντα T reads in the margin κατιόντα: Liebhold suggests καταλύοντα. ἰόντα, however, is parallel to ξένον and to πείθοντα, ‘a man who is a stranger and goes—and tries to persuade etc.’ The whole passage recalls Apol. 19E-20A τούτων (viz. Gorgias, Prodicus, Hippias) γὰρ ἕκαστοςοἷός τ᾽ ἐστὶν ἰὼν εἰς ἑκάστην τῶν πόλεων τοὺς νέους οἷς ἔξεστι τῶν ἑαυτῶν ρολιτῶν ρποῖκα ξυνεῖναι ἂν βούλωνταιτούτους ρείθουσι τὰς ἐκείνων ξυνουσίας ἀρολιρόντας σφίσιν ξυνεῖναι χρήματα διδόντας καὶ χάριν προσειδέναι. Notice throughout the longwinded character of Protagoras' speeches: cf. Philostrat. Vit. Soph. I. 494 (quoted by Kroschel on 320C, γνοὺς δὲ τὸν Πρωταγόραν Πλάτων σεμνῶς μὲν ἑρμηνεύοντα, ὑπτιάζοντα δὲ τῇ σεμνότητι καί που καὶ μακρολογώτερον τοῦ συμμέτρου, τὴν ἰδέαν αὐτοῦ μύθῳ μακρῷ ἐχαρακτήρισεν.

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