ἐν γὰρ τῷ κτλ. Thus Socr. practically defers the consideration of the matter to “the Greek Kalends.” Rettig calls attention to the catalectic hexameter in ἐν γὰρ...βουλευόμενοι, which gives a touch of jocular liveliness. ἀφεὶς ὥσπερ βέλη. Sc. τοὺς λόγους. For this image applied to “winged words,” cp. the use of βαλών 189 B; Phileb. 23 B βέλη ἔχειν ἕτερα τῶν ἔμπροσθεν λόγων: Theaet. 180 A; Pind. Ol. I. 112. τετρῶσθαι. “I thought I had winged him.” Cp. Theogn. 1287 ἀλλά σ᾽ ἐγὼ τρώσω φεύγοντά περ: and the description of Eros as θηρευτὴς δεινός, 203 D. τρίβωνα. Cp. Prot. 335 D; Ar. Ach. 184, etc. The vogue of the “philosopher's cloak” (pallium) seems to date from Socrates: cp. Plut. de disc. ad. 56 C. For the incident, see also Lysias in Alcib. XIV. 25 (Teichmüller Litt. F. II. 267 ff.); Theocr. Id. XVIII. 19; cp. Theogn. 1063 ff. ἐν δ᾽ ἥβῃ πάρα μὲν ξὺν ὁμήλικι καλ λῖθ᾽ εὕδειν | ἱμερτῶν ἔργων ἐξ ἔρον ἱέμενον. Notice the stylistic effect produced both by the row of successive participles, mostly asyndetic (“der Sturmlauf ist vergeblich” Rettig); and by the repetition of the pronoun (τούτῳ, -τον, -τουί, -τῳ, οὗτος). “Forsan haec illustrat Soph. Trach. 944. Respexit Alciphron I. 38” (Wyttenb.).
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