τὸ ἐπὶ...σώματι. Cp. 186 A. τὸ ἐπ᾽ εἴδει καλόν. This has been interpreted in three ways: (1) “das in der Idee Schöne” (Schleierm.), “das Schöne der Gesammtgattung” (Schulthess); so too Zeller and F. Horn; (2) “quod in specie (opp. to ‘summo genere’) pulchrum est” (Stallb., after Wyttenbach), so too Hommel; (3) “das in der Gestalt Schöne” (Ruge), “pulcritudo quae in forma est atque sensibus percipitur” (Rückert). The last of these is undoubtedly right, and has the support also of Vermehren, Rettig and Hug; for εἶδος of physical “form” or “outward appearance,” cp. 196 A, 215 B. μὴ οὐχ...ἡγεῖσθαι. See Goodwin G. M. T. § 817. ἐννοήσαντα καταστῆναι. Sc. αὐτὸν δεῖ, resuming the oblique construction. τὸ σφόδρα τοῦτο. “Idem est quod τοῦτο τὸ σφόδρα ἐρᾶν vel τὸν σφοδρὸν τοῦτον ἔρωτα” (Stallb.). We have had a description of this σφοδρότης already, in 183 A ff. ὥστε καὶ ἐὰν κτλ. The uncontracted form καὶ ἐάν is very rare in Plato, see Schanz nov. comm. p. 95. For ἄνθος, cp. 183 E.
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