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πρεσβύτατος δὲ ὢν κτλ. The partic. gives the impression of a causal connexion—as if beneficence must be in direct proportion to antiquity!

μεγίστων...αἴτιος. Cp. 197 C below; Ar. Plut. 469 ἀγαθῶν ἁπάντων αἰτίαν.

εὐθὺς νέῳ ὄντι. “From his earliest youth”: this properly applies only to the παιδικά. With παιδικά supply χρηστά. For a similar estimate of the value of φίλοι, see Lysis 211 E, Xen. Mem. II. 4. 1 ff.

ἀνθρώποις...βίου. For ἡγεῖσθαι c. dat. of person and gen. of thing, cp. Hom. Od. XXIII. 134 ἡμῖν ἡγείσθω ὀρχηθμοῖο: Xen. Cyr. VIII. 7. 1 τοῦ χόρου ἡγήσατο Πέρσαις. It would be easy, however, by inserting διά after the termin. -αι, to restore a favourite Platonic phrase διὰ παντὸς τοῦ βίου (cp. 203 D, Phileb. 39 E).

συγγένεια. “Kindred,” implying nobility of kin: for the concrete use cp. Gorg. 472 B, Laws 730 B, 874 A, etc., and esp. Rep. 491 C κάλλος καὶ πλοῦτος καὶ ἰσχὺς σώματος καὶ ξυγγένεια ἐρρωμένη ἐν πόλει. Taking συγγένεια here in a similar sense, we can dispense with Wyttenbach's plausible conj., εὐγένεια (for which cp. Euthyd. 279 B, Ar. Rhet. II. 15, Soph. Antig. 38), which Reynders adopts.

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    • Plato, Laws, 730b
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    • Plato, Philebus, 39e
    • Plato, Symposium, 197c
    • Plato, Symposium, 203d
    • Plato, Lysis, 211e
    • Plato, Euthydemus, 279b
    • Plato, Gorgias, 472b
    • Sophocles, Antigone, 38
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