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55. Κρίσωνι. Criso of Himera, a famous σταδιοδρόμος, won three times at Olympia, viz. Olymp. 83, 84 and 85 (448, 444 and 440 B.C.). His chastity during his prime as an athlete is mentioned in Laws, VIII. 840A. δρομεῖ ἀκμάζοντι is rejected by some editors, but δρομεῖ should be taken with Ἱμεραίῳ and ἀκμάζοντι with ἕπεσθαι: ‘to keep up with Criso, the runner of Himera, when he was in his prime’—presumably at the assumed date of this dialogue he was past his ἀκμή.

56. δολιχοδρόμων: δολιχοδρόμοι εἰσὶν οἱ τὸν δόλιχον τρέχοντες, says the scholiast: see on 329A

ἡμεροδρόμων. Heindorf quotes Livy, XXXI. 24. 4 ‘Hemerodromos vocant Graeci ingens die uno cursu emetientes spatium.’ Such was Phidippides; see Hdt. VI. 105 ἡμεροδρόμην τε καὶ τοῦτο μελετῶντα.

57. διαθεῖν τε καὶ ἕπεσθαι. δια- in compounds frequently denotes competition: for διαθεῖν cf. Theaet. 148C εἶτα διαθέων τοῦ ἀκμάζοντος καὶ ταχίστου ἡττήθης. As the emphasis is on ἕπεσθαι (‘keep up with’), διαθεῖν τε καὶ ἕπεσθαι is equivalent to διαθέοντα ἕπεσθαι: cf. note on 317Cἐνδείξασθαι καὶ καλλωπίσασθαι, where καὶ καλλωπίσασθαι is (so to speak) enclitic as διαθεῖν τε καί is proclitic (cf. the English ‘Some—must be talked over by the hour before they could reach the humblest decision, which they only left the office to return again (ten minutes later) and rescind’).

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