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τοῖς ἐρωμένοις. From this dative (governed by ἐπιστήσαντες), we must supply an acc. (τοὺς ἐρωμένους) to act as subject to διαλέγεσθαι. For the general sense of the passage, cp. Phaedrus 255 A ἐὰν...ὑπὸ ξυμφοιτητῶν τινων ἄλλων διαβεβλημένος , λεγόντων ὡς αἰσχρὸν ἐρῶντι πλησιάζειν: ibid. 234 B.

καὶ...προστεταγμένα . Hug, after Jahn and others, condemns this clause on the grounds that (1) is wanting in B; (2) the change of number, from παιδαγωγούς to παιδαγωγῷ, is awkward; (3) the clause contains nothing new. But there is point in the change from plur. to sing. as serving to individualize the parents' action; and the clause does add to the statement in the context the further idea that the paedagogi are appointed not only as a general safeguard, but with special instructions to ward off this particular danger. ταῦτα, the subject of προστ. , represents (as Stallb. notes) μὴ ἐῶσι διαλέγεσθαι τοῖς ἐρασταῖς.


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