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51. τοῦ δὴ ἕνεκα ταῦτα λέγω; Plato frequently enlivens his style by such self-interrogations: Sauppe quotes (inter aliaGorg. 457E τοῦ δὴ ἕνεκα λέγω ταῦτα; Apol. 40B τί οὖν αἴτιον εἶναι ὑπολαμβάνω;

τῶν παλαιῶν τῆς φιλοσοφίας. τῶν παλαιῶν in this emphatic place suggests the contrast with Protagoras and the νεώτεροι whose τρόπος is μακρολογία.

53. καὶ δὴ καί marks the application to the present case: cf. Apol. 18A ὥσπερ οὖν ἂν κτλ.—καὶ δὴ καὶ νῦν.

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