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ἀλλ᾽ οἴει κτλ. For οἴει thus used cf. Men. 93 C with Heindorf on Theaet. 147 B. Πρωταγόρας μὲν ἄρα κτλ. With the structure of the sentence cf. (with Stallbaum) Crit. 50 E and Prot. 325 B, C, where ἄρα occurs, as here, in both clauses. See also on I 336 E and App. IV to Book I. Prodicus survived to 399 at least, but Protagoras seems to have died about 411; so that if the date of action of the dialogue is 410, the reference to Protagoras as apparently still living may seem an anachronism. But the slip is a trifling one in any case; and Socrates might quite well have spoken as he does even if either or both of the persons had recently died. See Introd. § 3.
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