previous next

ἐν αὑτῷ. The Oxford editors, with Herwerden, read ἐν αὐτῷ, “i.e. the man,” remarking that “good opinions and desires could hardly be supposed to exist” in the drone. True; but παρ᾽ αὑτοῦ shews that αὑτῷ is right, and αὐτῷ is unpleasing on aesthetic as well as on grammatical grounds. Plato speaks as if the master-passion were itself the soul. The inaccuracy is easily excused because the whole soul is rapidly falling under its sway.

ποιουμένας=‘accounted.’ Hermann proposes ποτωμένας, Herwerden ἐμποιουμένας: but the text is sound. See VI 498 A note

καθήρῃ: as in the καθαρμός of VIII 567 C.

μανίας δὲ κτλ. See cr. n. A few deterioris notae MSS agree with A, which is certainly in error here. Cf. IV 441 D. The epithet ἐπακτοῦ recalls the ξενικοί of VIII 567 D f.

καὶ μεθυσθεὶς κτλ. Ast compares Bacchyl. Frag. 27. 6 f. Bergk (on the effects of wine) αὐτίχ᾽ μὲν πόλεων κρήδεμνα λύει | πᾶσι δ᾽ ἀνθρώποις μοναρχήσειν δοκεῖ. But τυραννικόν τι φρόνημα ἴσχει has of course a wider meaning than this.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: