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μᾶλλον: see on 482 c.

γε: the γὲ emphasizes the pronoun. The irony from here on is quite distinct, and no longer veiled.

διὰ τὸ αἰσχύνεσθαι τολμᾷ: an example of ‘oxymoron.’ Timidity and shame are not usually the basis of boldness. The opposite of τολμᾷ is implied. The reference to 483 a is unmistakable: ἐὰν οὖν τις αἰσχύνηται καὶ μὴ τολμᾷ λέγειν ἅπερ νοεῖ, ἀναγκάζεται ἐναντία λέγειν.

αὐτῶν αὐτὸς αὑτῷ: the position makes the contradiction beat heavily upon the ear.

24 f.

περὶ τῶν μεγίστων: in contrast with 486 d τὰ μικρὰ ταῦτα. Cf. 484 c τὰ μείζω.

πεπαίδευσαι: see on παιδείας, 485 a. The addition of ὡς πολλοὶ ἂν φήσαιεν Ἀθηναίων implies, of course, the usual opposition of the many ignorant to the few capable, and this makes the tone of ἱκανῶς almost bitter.

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