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ἐγγυτέρω. It is needless to add <ὢν>, as I formerly did (with Richards, who compares I 330 E). The copula is easily supplied, especially with τετραμμένος following. ὀρθότερον and not ὀρθότερα (as seems to be generally believed, even by J. and C.) is the reading of A. The adverb (‘more truly sees’) can alone be justified. For the meaning see VI 490 B note βλέποι. The indicative βλέπει (which I formerly read, with q, Flor. U, Bekker and others) would be more usual, “in an indirect quotation depending on an optative which refers to the future” (Goodwin MT. p. 61). But the rule which excludes the optative in such cases is not absolute, as appears from Dem. 16. 5 (cited by Goodwin l.c.), and ἔχοι in VIII 544 A is in principle the same as βλέποι here. For the collocation of indicative (ἑώρα) with optative Schneider quotes Phaed. 96 B and 95 D. καὶ δὴ κτλ. ἀπορεῖν is almost a technical term of Socrates' dialectic (cf. Xen. Mem. III 10. 7 and Theaet. 149 A ff.), but Plato has in mind the effect of his own προπαιδεία, as appears from 532 B, C.
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