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53. οὐ δήπου τοῦτό γε λέγων. οὐ δήπου goes with λέγων, which is ‘meaning’ not ‘saying’, and τοῦτο is explained by κακὸν ἐσθλὸν ἔμμεναι. For the asyndeton see on 335A and for the use of εἶτα cf. 311Aand Symp. 200A πότερον ἔχων αὐτὸ οὗ ἐπιθυμεῖ τε καὶ ἐρᾷ, εἶτα ἐπιθυμεῖ τε καὶ ἐρᾷ, οὐκ ἔχων;

54. τοῦτο γέρας. Heindorf reads τοῦτο τὸ γέρας as in 344C but γέρας may be regarded as predicative and going closely with ἀπένειμε, so that τοῦτοτοῦτο balance each other. Sauppe compares Symp. 179C εὐαριθμήτοις δή τισιν ἔδοσαν τοῦτο γέρας οἱ θεοί.

55. ἀκόλαστονοὐδαμῶς Κεῖον. This seems to be the earliest passage making allusion to the sobriety and uprightness of the Ceans, to which, perhaps, Aristophanes sarcastically alludes in Frogs, 970 (οὐ Χῖος, ἀλλὰ Κεῖος). In Laws, I. 638B (quoted by Sauppe) Plato cites the subjugation of the Ceans by the Athenians as a proof that victory does not always favour the more virtuous side. Strabo (X. 486) quotes from Menander the lines καλὸν τὸ Κείων νόμιμόν ἐστι, Φανία: μὴ δυνάμενος ζῆν καλῶς οὐ ζῇ κακῶς and explains them by saying that a Cean law required those above the age of 60 to take hemlock so as to make their country's produce suffice to feed the others.

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