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σοφισταί. The Demos is the Arch-Sophist: cf. 492 A note οὗτοι is the contemptuous isti: ‘these teachers and sophists of yours.’

θανάτοις. The fate of Socrates was the most conspicuous example of this in Plato's time, but it is hardly likely that Plato is specifically alluding to it here (as Steinhart and Susemihl suppose). The description is quite general. Contrast VII 517 A note

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