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ἀνδρειότατοι. An allusion, as Hommel remarks, to the ambiguity of the word ἀνδρεῖος. Cp. Hippocr. de diaet. I. 28 ἢν μὲν οὖν ἐς ἄρσενα τὰ σώματα ἀποκριθέντα ἀμφοτέρων τύχῃ...γίνονται οὗτοι ἄνδρες λαμπροὶ τὰς ψυχὰς καὶ τὸ σῶμα ἰσχυροί.

φασὶ...τινες. Cp. what Pausanias says in 182 A (ὥστε τινὰς τολμᾶν λέγειν κτλ.).

ἀρρενωπίας. Etym. M. s.v. ἀρρενωπός: ἄρρενος πρόσωπον ἔχων, κατὰ συνεκδοχήν. ἤγουν ἀνδρεῖος καὶ ἰσχυρὸς καὶ δυνάμενος πρὸς ἐχθρὸν ἀντιταχθῆναι. The subst. is ἅπ. λεγ., but the adj. occurs in Laws 802 E τὸ δὴ μεγαλοπρεπὲς οὖν καὶ τὸ τὴν πρὸς ἀνδρείαν ῥέπον ἀρρενωπὸν φατέον εἶναι. Rettig regards all these apparently encomiastic terms as ironical.

τελεωθέντες. “When grown up,” cp. Rep. 377 B, 466 E.

ἄνδρες is predicative: “Such as these, and they alone, turn out men (i.e. manly, capable) in public affairs”: Ficinus wrongly renders “cum adoleverint, soli ad civilem administrationem conversi, viri praestantes evadunt”; and Schleierm. also goes wrong. For the connexion between the paederastic temper and politics, cp. 182 C, Ar. Nub. 1093, Eq. 333 ff., etc.

ἀνδρωθῶσι. This verb is not found elsewhere in Plato: cp. Hdt. I. 123, Eur. H. F. 42.

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