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μακρὸν -- τὸν θάνατον κτλ. Cf. Eur. Suppl. 1109—1113 μισῶ δ᾽ ὅσοι χρῄζουσιν ἐκτείνειν βίον | βρωτοῖσι καὶ ποτοῖσι καὶ μαγεύμασι | παρεκτρέποντες ὀχετὸν ὥστε μὴ θανεῖν: | οὓς χρῆν, ἐπειδὰν μηδὲν ὠφελῶσι γῆν, | θανόντας ἔρρειν κἀκποδὼν εἶναι νέοις, and Aesch. Fr. 395, Soph. Fr. 689.

δυσθανατῶν: not “dum malam obit mortem” (Stallbaum), but ‘dying hard’ like δυσθνῄσκων.

καλόν. Because he was the first to profit by his own invention. The assonance γῆραςγέρας is quite in Plato's manner: cf. IV 439 C, VI 487 C, VIII 557 C notes

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