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ἀναδραμόντες κατέσχον: ‘ran up and seized.’ ἀναδραμόντες preserves the metaphor in ἀκρόπολιν (560 B).

εἰς -- Λωτοφάγους: ‘to those Lotos-eaters' land.’ ἐκείνους refers to κηφήνων 559 D. The figure is strikingly appropriate, for the lotos-flower of sensual indulgence makes man, who is an οὐράνιον φυτόν (Clem. Alex. Cohort. ad Gent. 96 A ed. Migne, following Plato Tim. 90 A), forget ‘the imperial palace whence he came.’ Cf. VII 519 A, B notes, and (for Λωτοφάγοι) Luc. Salt. 2-4, Anth. Pal. XV 12. 8 μισῶ Λωτοφάγων γλυκερὴν λιπόπατριν ἐδωδήν (with reference to Epicureanism).

φανερῶς κατοικεῖ: no longer λάθρᾳ (560 B). He glories in his shame. Herwerden's κατοικεῖ <ἐκεῖ> in place of κατοικεῖ is wholly unnecessary and spoils the rhythm.

τοῦ βασιλικοῦ τείχους: i.e. the wall enclosing the ἀκρόπολις (560 B), where the soul's king or ruling power inhabits.

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