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φιλοσοφίαν κτλ. φιλοσοφίαν in its wider sense denotes any ‘liberal’ training or study: cf. Theaet. 143 D, 172 C, and Prot. 335 D with my note ad loc. D. and V. are in error (as Bosanquet remarks) when they translate παιδείαν καὶ φιλοσοφίαν by ‘a course of training in philosophy.’ Nor is Susemihl (Gen. Entw. II p. 187) right in supposing that the reference is to the musical education of the earlier books. Plato explains what he means in VII 536 D, E.

ἀνδροῦται. The early editors read ἁδροῦται (with Ξ). ἁδροῦμαι is a rare and somewhat obscure word, nowhere found in Plato; and it is better to retain ἀνδροῦται, although the subject is not μειράκια, but σώματα.

ὑπηρεσίαν φιλοσοφίᾳ κτωμένους sums up in a single phrase the Platonic theory of athletics: see on III 410 A ff. and cf. IX 591 C, D.

ἐν . Richards would write ἐν as in ἐν βλαστάνει above, asserting that “ ἡλικία is their years, not any particular time of life”; but ἡλικία is often so used, e.g. Symp. 209 B and Men. 89 B. Nor is ἐν , ‘while,’ appropriate here. Translate ‘when the years advance, in which the soul begins to reach its maturity.’

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    • Plato, Theaetetus, 143d
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