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ἐν τῇ παιδείᾳ. It is difficult to decide whether Plato in this instance wrote παιδιᾷ, παιδίᾳ or παιδείᾳ. παιδιᾲ is supported by three inferior MSS as well as by A^{2} and the oldest MS of Theo (see Hiller's edition p. 3), and παίζοντας τρέφε in 536 E seems at first sight to favour it. But ἐν τῇ παιδιᾷ is different from ἐν παιδιᾶς μέρει, and ought to mean ‘in their play’; whereas 536 E does not distinguish between ‘study’ and ‘play’ (see note ad loc.). παιδίᾳ ‘boyhood’ has also some MS support, and the existence of the word in Greek is fully proved by Schneider in his elaborate note. But ἐν τῇ παιδίᾳ would be superfluous after παισίν, and on the whole I now prefer the traditional reading παιδείᾳ, which appears to be in a majority of MSS.

τούτοις συνακτέον κτλ. τούτοις (sc. τοῖς προκριθεῖσι) goes with συνακτέον. The propaedeutic studies now begin to be pursued no longer χύδην, but systematically and comparatively, so as to reveal the ‘kinship of the studies with one another and with the nature of Being’: cf. 531 D note, and (for the meaning of οἰκειότης) 526 C note Platt would omit τῶν μαθημάτων as a gloss on ἀλλήλων, but without these words the Greek might mean ‘their mutual kinship and the kinship of true being’ (with itself). τῶν μαθημάτων is also in Theo (l. c.). For the genitives ἀλλήλων and τῆςφύσεως, (which D. and V. wrongly connect with σύνοψιν), cf. VI 501 D τὴν φύσιν αὐτῶν οἰκείαν εἶναι τοῦ ἀρίστου.

μὲν γὰρ συνοπτικὸς κτλ. Cf. 531 D note: also Phaedr. 265 D ff. εἰς μίανἰδέαν συνορῶντα ἄγειν τὰ πολλαχῇ διεσπαρμένα, Laws XII 965 B (συνορῶντα), Phaedr. 273 E, Soph. 253 D ff. and other passages cited by Zeller^{4} II 1. p. 616 note 3. See also App. III.

ἐν αὐτοῖς . αὐτοῖς is masculine (Schneider), not neuter (as D. and V. translate).

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