previous next
τοῦ καλοῦ: is said with bitter irony. Callicles shows here, as well as in 486 b above, the code of morals prevalent at that time and which Xen. expresses in the praise awarded to Cyrus, Anab. i. 9. 11 φάνερος ἦν εἴ τίς τι ἀγαθὸν κακὸν ποιήσειεν αὐτὸν, νικᾶν πειρώμενος.

ἣν φῂς σὺ διώκειν: as above 482 e φάσκων τὴν ἀλήθειαν διώκειν.

ἐπικουρίαν: capacity to help (one's self); i.e. to provide means for pleasure and to ward off hindrances. So also ἐπικουρεῖν and ἐπίκουρος. Cf. below, the recapitulation of Socrates.

τὰ δὲ ἄλλα κτἑ.: the subject, which at first is only inferred as the opposite of the three qualities specified, is nearer specified first by the characteristic addition τὰ καλλωπίσματα (affectations) and then by a definite expression which at the same time shows Callicles' opinion.

φλυαρία κτἑ.: is predicate.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide References (2 total)
  • Commentary references from this page (2):
    • Plato, Gorgias, 482e
    • Plato, Gorgias, 486b
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: