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ὥσπερ παλαιστής. The Scholiast remarks ἔθος γὰρ τούτοις, ὅταν πέσωσιν ὁμοῦπάλιν ἐγερθέντας ἐφ᾽ ὁμοίῳ συμπλακῆναι σχήματι, ὅπερ τὴν αὐτὴν εἶπε λάβην. Plato, as Stallbaum points out, uses the same figure in Phaedr. 236 B: cf. Phil. 13 D, Laws 682 E and ἀντιλαμβανόμενος VI 505 A note

ἐπιθυμῶ -- ἀκοῦσαι: ‘I am desirous also on my own account to hear’ sc. apart from the half-polemical motive suggested by the figure. Herwerden remarks “locus vix sanus,” but it is sound enough, although the English translators (“I shall particularly wish” etc. Jowett) miss the meaning.

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