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φίλανδροί. The word here has the bad sense noted in Hermog. de id. III. p. 324 W. τὴν γὰρ ἀκολασίαν βούλεται νῦν δήπου σημαίνειν καὶ τὸ μοιχεύεσθαι. Somewhat different is the force in Soph. fr. 1006 N. (Hermog. Rhet. III. p. 324) καὶ Σοφοκλῆς δὲ φίλανδρόν που τὴν Ἀταλάντην εἶπε διὰ τὸ ἀσπάζεσθαι σὺν ἀνδράσιν εἶναι: and Eur. Androm. 229; while in Ep. Titus ii. 4 φιλανδρία is a virtue.

ἐκ τούτου...γίγνονται. I follow Badham and Hug in rejecting these words as an adscript derived from the context (a view already suggested by Hommel). Badham writes, “si altero praedicato opus esse credidisset Plato, quod aegre adducar ut credam, aliquanto pulcrius orationem variasset quam γεγόνασι in γίγνονται mutando.” The three-fold repetition sounds clumsy.

γυναικὸς τμῆμα, i.e. a section of the γυνὴ ὅλη (“Doppelweib”) of 191 B. Similarly below ἄρρενος τμῆμα refers to the ἀνὴρ ὅλος (“Doppelmann”). With the theory of sex-characters here expounded, cp. Hippocr. de diaet. I. 28 ff.

αἱ ἑταιρίστριαι. Timaeus ἑταιρίστριαι: αἱ καλούμεναι τριβάδες. Cp. Clem. Alex. Paed. III. 21, p. 264 P. γυναῖκες ἀνδρίζονται παρὰ φύσιν γαμο<*>μεναί τε καὶ γαμοῦσαι γυναῖκες: and Ep. Rom. i. 26.

τέως ἂν. “I.q. ἕως ἄν, quamdiu” (Ast). As this use is unique in Plato, Ast proposed to write ἕως ἄν. In 191 B τέως has its usual force. adhuc.

τεμάχια. “Slices”: this recalls the comparison with ψῆτται, τέμαχος being used esp. of fish.

συγκατακείμενοι. An example of this is Alcibiades: see his own account in 217 D ff.

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