Ὦ φίλτατε κτλ. Ironical—“Why, my very dear Sir, it is surely quite obvious that in holding this view about myself and others I display madness and eccentricity!” παραπαίω. A ἅπαξ εἰρημένον in Plato. For the musical metaphor cp. Ophelia's “I see that sovereign and most noble reason, Like sweet bells jangled, out of tune and harsh.” Οὐκ ἄξιον...ἐρίζειν. “We mustn't quarrel.” ἐρίζειν, though here used jocularly, is properly a strong term, cp. Prot. 337 B ἀμφισβητεῖν μέν, ἐρίζειν δὲ μή: Rep. 454 A οὐκ ἐρίζειν, ἀλλὰ διαλέγεσθαι (see Adam ad loc.). μᾶλλον δ̓. Instead of beginning at once with the speech of Phaedrus, Apollodorus proceeds to give an account of the preliminary incidents which led up to the λόγοι. For the significance of this, see Introd. § II. A. ἐξ ἀρχῆς...πειράσομαι διηγήσασθαι. The same formula occurs in Phaedo 59 C, Euthyd. 272 D, Epist. vii. 324 B.
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