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πολιτικτ̂ς ἀρετῆς: objective gen. after συμβουλήν, “a matter involving political science.”

ἥν: sc. ἀρετήν, subj. of ἰέναι.

ἰέναι διά: take one's way through a thing, “follow the path of,” “act in the sphere of”; used by Plato in many connections. Others use similarly χωρεῖν, πορεύεσθαι, ἔρχεσθαι διά. Cf. Xen. An. iii. 2. 8 εἰ μὲν οὖν βουλευόμεθα πάλιν αὐτοῖς διὰ φιλίας ἰέναι, . . . καὶ τὸ λοιπὸν διὰ παντὸς πολέμου αὐτοῖς ἰέναι.—

σωφροσύνης: must here have the sense of αἰδώς.—

εἰκότως... λανγ̂γρεεκ>ἀνέχονται: the emphasis is on both the adv. and the verb (cf. 322 e). “In view of the facts contained in the myth (οὕτω δή, καὶ διὰ ταῦτα), the Athenians, and with good reason, listen to every man,”—i.e. they believe every man to possess virtue; a conclusion which Protagoras goes on to confirm.

: sc. ἀναγκαῖον ὄν from προσῆκον, cf. Phaedr. 245 d τοῦτο δὲ (i.e. the self-moving) οὔτ᾽ ἀπόλλυσθαι οὔτε γίγνεσθαι δυνατόν, πάντα τε οὐρανὸν πᾶσάν τε γένεσιν συμπεσοῦσαν στῆναι (else the whole heaven and all created things must collapse and come to a standstill) where ἀναγκαῖον is supplied from δυνατόν. Conversely, Rep. vi. 490 a ἣν (sc. ἀλήθειαν) διώκειν αὐτὸν πάντως καὶ πάντῃ ἔδει, ἀλαζόνι (an impostor) ὄντι μηδαμῇ μετεῖναι φιλοσοφίας ἀληθινῆς (sc. δυνατὸν ἦν). For , otherwise, or else (alioquin), see 323 b bis, 325 a etc.

εἶναι: exist. Cf. 327 a.

ὡς: apparently might depend upon ἀπατᾶσθαι, equiv. to μετ᾽ ἀπάτης πείθεσθαι, cf. Crat. 413 d ἴσως γὰρ ἄν σε καὶ τὰ ἐπίλοιπα ἐξαπατήσαιμι, ὡς οὐκ ἀκηκοὼς λέγω, and so often. But here τῷ ὄντι shows that ὡς depends rather upon the following τόδε . . . τεκμήριον. Cf. 324 c.

ὥσπερ σὺ λέγεις: cf. 319 c.

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