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εἰς τεταγμένα ἄττα κτλ. With the general sense cf. Theaet. 174 D ff., Phaed. 79 C, D, Tim. 47 B, C and Euripides Fr. 902 ὄλβιος <*>στις τῆς ἱστορίας | ἔσχε μάθησιν | μήτε πολιτῶν ἐπὶ πημοσύνην | μήτ᾽ εἰς ἀδίκους πράξεις ὁρμῶν | ἀλλ᾽ ἀθανάτου καθορῶν φύσεως | κόσμον ἀγήρων, πῇ τε συνέστη | καὶ ὅπῃ καὶ ὅπως. | τοῖς δὲ τοιούτοις οὐδέποτ᾽ αἰσχρῶν | ἔργων μελέτημα προσίζει. Euripides' lines are conceived in the spirit of Plato and exactly illustrate his meaning, especially if, as is usually supposed, they refer to the philosopher Anaxagoras. An eloquent modern parallel may be found in Stevenson's ‘Virginibus puerisque’ p. 260.

ὁρῶντας. For the change from singular to plural cf. I 347 A note

κοσμίῳ. It has been thought that there is a play on κόσμος in the sense of the Universe or Heavens. But the philosopher's gaze outsoars the Heavens, and is fixed on the ὑπερουράνιος τόπος, where the Ideas dwell (Phaedr. 247 C).

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