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Θερσίτου. Thersites is the type of the πονηρὸς ἰδιώτης in Gorg. 525 E. Here, as often in later Greek writers, he stands for the buffoon (παγγέλοιος ἄνθρωπος διάστροφος τὸ σῶμα καὶ λελωβημένος Lucian adv. ind. 7). Cf. also Soph. Phil. 442 ff., Theopomp. Fr. 262 in Müller Fr. Hist. Gr. I p. 323 and Pythag. Simil. 32 in Mullach Fr. Phil. Gr. I p. 489, in the last of which passages Thersites and Achilles stand for two opposite types. The different varieties of lives which are illustrated in this passage (μουσικός, πολεμικός, βασιλικός, γυμναστικός, τεχνικός, μιμητικός) appear also (as Proclus observes l.c. 319. 25 ff.) in Phaedr. 248 D, E. See also Empedocles vv. 384—386 and Karsten ad loc.

πίθηκον. Cf. IX 590 B.

ἀπράγμονος. Eusebius (Praep. Ev. XIII 16. 11) has καὶ ἀπράγμονος, which occurs also in one of the Vatican MSS. Cobet would alter ἀπράγμονος to ἀπράγμονα. The text is quite satisfactory: for ἀνδρὸς ἰδιώτου is virtually a single word: cf. ἀνδρὶσοφιστῇ Prot. 312 C, ὑπὲρ ἀνδρὸς θητὸς ἄνδρα πρεσβύτην πατέρα Euthyph. 15 D, ἀνὴρ μάντις, ἀνὴρ νομεύς, ἄνδρες δικασταί and the like. “Sunt ἰδιῶται πολυπράγμονες: Ulyssis anima vitam ἀνδρὸς ἰδιώτου e numero τῶν ἀπραγμόνων quaerebat” (Schneider).

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