ὧ μακάριε. “Gutmuthig-ironisch” (Rettig): cp. 219 A. πείθει...εἶπεν; “H. e. πείθει σέ τι τούτων ἃ Σ. ἄρτι εἶπεν;...h. e. noli quidquam eorum credere quae modo dixit S.” (Stallb.). A. is alluding to 213 C—D (ἀπ᾽ ἐκείνου γὰρ τοῦ χρόνου κτλ.). οὐκ ἀφέξεται κτλ. “Satis lepide iisdem fere verbis hic utitur Alcib. quae Socr. l. l. exhibuit” (Hommel); A. is turning the tables on S. Μὰ τὸν Ποσειδῶ. This form of oath is rare in Plato, see Schanz nov. comm. Plat. p. 23. The main reason why A. chooses Poseidon to swear by is, no doubt, because P. was the special deity of the ancient aristocracy of Athens (see R. A. Neile's ed. of Ar. Knights, p. 83); but A. may also be punning on πόσις, as if Ποσειδών meant “drink-giver,” and invoking a “deus madidus” as appropriate to his own “madid” condition. Cp. Euthyd. 301 E, 303 A.
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