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Fifth Interlude

εἰ μὲν βούλει...εἰ δέ. Cp. Euthyd. 285 C (with Gifford's n.); Goodwin G. M. T. § 478.

τι...χαίρεις ὀνομάζων. Cp. Prot. 358 A; Phaedrus 273 C; Eur. fr. 967 D. σοὶ... Ζεὺς εἴτ᾽ Ἀίδης | ὀνομαζόμενος στέργεις.

τοὺς μὲν ἐπαινεῖν. Observe that Socr. is not so enthusiastically applauded as Agathon (πάντας ἀναθορυβῆσαι, 198 A): Socrates appealed rather τῷ ἔχοντι ὦτα ἀκούειν.

λέγων...περὶ τοῦ λόγου. See 205 D ff. καὶ λέγεται...λόγος κτλ.

τὴν αὔλειον θύραν. For this “street-door,” which generally opened inwards and gave admittance to a narrow passage (θυρωρεῖον), see Smith D. A. I. 661 b.

κρουομένην. As the Porter in Macbeth would say, “there was old knocking at the door.” For κρούειν cp. Prot. 310 A, 314 D; but the usual Attic word is κόπτειν (Moeris κόπτει τὴν θύραν ἔξωθεν...Ἀττικῶς, κροτεῖ δὲ Ἑλληνικῶς: Schol. ad Ar. Nub. 132 ἐπὶ μὲν τῶν ἔξωθεν κρουόντων κόπτειν λέγουσιν, ἐπὶ δὲ τῶν ἔσωθεν ψοφεῖν), or πατάσσειν Ar. Ran. 38. Cp. Smith D. A. I. 990 b.

ὡς κωμαστῶν. “Ut comissatorum, h. e. quasi comissatores eum (sc. strepitum) excitarent” (Stallb.). Stallb. rightly removed the comma placed after παρασχεῖν in Bekker's text. κωμασταί, “flown with insolence and wine,” would naturally be in a noisy mood. For Alcib. as a reveller, see Plut. Alcib. 193D.

αὐλητρίδος φωνὴν. Not “tibicinae vocem,” as Wolf, but rather “sonum tibiae, quam illa inflavit,” as Stallb. For φωνή thus (poetically) applied to instrumental music, cp. Rep. 397 A πάντων ὀργάνων φωνάς: similarly Xen. Symp. VI. 3 ὅταν αὐλὸς φθέγγηται. For the αὐλητρίς as a regular accessory of κῶμοι, cp. 176 E, Theaet. 173 D: similar are the ἑταῖραι of Rep. 373 A, 573 D: cp. Catullus's “cenam non sine candida puella.”

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    • Plato, Euthydemus, 285c
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