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Aristodemus's Prologue

Ἔφη γάρ. Sc. Ἀριστόδημος. The whole narrative of the dialogue from this point on is dependent upon this initial ἔφη and therefore written in or. obliqua. οἱ (sibi)=Ἀριστοδήμῳ.

λελουμένον. For the practice of bathing and anointing before meals see Hom. Od. VI. 96—7, Xen. Symp. I. 7: Ar. Plut. 614 εὐωχεῖσθαι...λουσάμενος, λιπαρὸς χωρῶν ἐκ βαλανείου. The comic poets were fond of gibing at Socrates and philosophers in general as “unwashed,” e.g. Ar. Av. 1554 ἄλουτος οὗ ψυχαγωγεῖ Σωκράτης: id. Nub. 835 ff.: Aristophon ap. Mein. III. 360 ff. Aristotle, however, was a champion of the bath, Athen. 178 F ἀπρεπὲς γὰρ ἦν, φησὶν Ἀριστοτέλης (fr. 165), ἥκειν εἰς τὸ συμπόσιον σὺν ἱδρῶτι πολλῷ καὶ κονιορτῷ.

τὰς βλαύτας. Schol. βλαύτας: ὑποδήματα. οἱ δὲ βλαυτία, σανδάλια ἰσχνά. For Socrates' habit of going barefoot, see 220 B infra, Phaedr. 229 A, Xen. Mem. I. 6. 2, and the note on ἀνυπόδητος, 173 B supra.

ταῦτα δὴ ἐκαλλωπισάμην . ταῦτα is better taken (with Hug and Hommel) as accus. of “internal object” than (with Stallb.) as accus. of “remoter object,” equiv. to διὰ ταῦτα (cp. Prot. 310 E). Elsewhere in Plato καλλωπίζεσθαι means to “plume oneself,” “swagger,” e.g. Rep. 605 D. Observe the word-play: “I have put on my finery, because he is such a fine man” (Jowett): cp. the proverb ὅμοιος ὁμοίῳ (195 B).

παρὰ καλὸν. Sc. Ἀγάθωνα—“to Agathon's (house)”; equiv. to εἰς Ἀγάθωνος above. For “the handsome Agathon,” see Prot. 315 D—E (τὴν ἰδέαν πάνυ καλός), Ar. Thesm. 191 ff.

πῶς ἔχεις πρὸς κτλ. Cp. 176 B πῶς ἔχει πρὸς τὸ ἐρρῶσθαι πίνειν; Prot. 352 B, Parm. 131 E. Cobet's excision of ἐθέλειν ἄν is wanton: cp. (with Ast) Phaedo 62 C τὸ τοὺς φιλοσόφους ῥᾳδίως ἂν ἐθέλειν ἀποθνήσκειν.

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