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ξυμπάντων...κόσμος. Cp. Gorg. Hel. 1 κόσμος πόλει μὲν εὐανδρία, σώματι δὲ κάλλος.

ἡγεμὼν...ἐφυμνοῦντα. The image is that of Eros as coryphaeus leading a procession of singers, and singing (“a song of my beloved”) himself (ᾠδῆς ἣν ᾁδει). Notice how Agathon repeats the phrase θεῶν τε καὶ ἀνθρώπων (cp. 197 B). For ἡγεμών, cp. Spenser (H. to Love) “Thou art his god, thou art his mighty guide.καλῆς is omitted in Ficinus' transl.

νόημα. Here used, poetically, as equivalent to νοῦς: cp. Pind. Pyth. VI. 29; Theogn. 435; Emped. 329 St., αἷμα γὰρ ἀνθρώποις περικάρδιόν ἐστι νόημα.

τῷ θεῷ ἀνακείσθω. “Let it be presented as a votive-offering (ἀνάθημα) to the God (sc. Eros).”

παιδιᾶς...σπουδῆς. Possibly an echo of Gorg. Hel. ad fin. Ἑλένης μὲν ἐγκώμιον, ἐμὸν δὲ παίγνιον. For the antithesis, cp. 216 E; Laws 647 D; Phileb. 30 E; Ar. Ran. 389.

μετρίας. “H.e. κοσμίας” (Stallb.), with, perhaps, a latent play on the other sense of μέτρον, in allusion to the rhythmical style of A.'s oration; cp. 187 D, 205 C, Phaedrus 267 A ἐν μέτρῳ λέγειν.


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