: points to the sons of
Pericles then present. Protagoras speaks in defence of his pupils, although compelled to admit the truth of what Socrates has said concerning them in 319 e
. — Protagoras began his discourse with the commendation of his own teaching, having previously, before Socrates and Hippocrates, extolled the profession of the sophists; he closes it with a justification of his course in receiving compensation, and a complimentary allusion to his pupils. Grote (Plato II. 45 f.) considers this discourse one of the best parts of the Platonic writings, as an exposition of the growth and propagation of ‘common sense’ among a community.
: Socrates humorously refers to Protagoras's speech as made for display, cf. 347 b
ἐπὶ μὲν πολὺν χρόνον
: const. with ἔτι ἔβλεπον
. Cf. 345 c
i. 646 c ἐπὶ πολλὰς ἡμέρας
ὡς ἐροῦντά τι
: Protagoras might have added further remarks quite as relevant as those with which he actually concluded.
: in reality;
for this dat. of manner, see H. 779 b.
ὦ παῖ Ἀπολλοδώρου
: cf. 335 d
. An address of this kind always has something solemn and formal.
: hither; cf.
Photius lex. s.v. καὶ Πλάτων που κέχρηται ἀντὶ τοῦ δεῦρο καὶ ἐνθάδε
. Elsewhere it is found with this meaning only in the poets or late authors.