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οὐ δήπου: belongs to the whole following sent. with its internal contradiction emphasized by εἶτα.—

εἶτα: see on 319 d, l. 26. The thought of Socrates is, that Simonides cannot first say that it is evil to be good, and then characterize this as a prerogative solely of the gods. Here it is immaterial whether Simonides gives his own thought or only quotes Pittacus.

τοῦτο γέρας: 344 c reads θεὸς ἂν μόνος τοῦτο ἔχοι τὸ γέρας, but in the passage before us γέρας is pred. Cf. Symp. 179 c εὐαριθήτοις δή τισιν ἔδοσαν τοῦτο γέρας οἱ θεοί, Apol. 18 a δικαστοῦ μὲν γὰρ αὕτη ἀρετή, Ar. Eccl. 658 κἀγὼ ταύτην γνώμην ἐθέμην.

Κεῖον: the people of Ceos were renowned for the vigor and purity of their morals (Brönsted Reisen in Griechenland, i. 63 ff., Bursian, Geog. v. Griech. ii. 469 f.). In Legg. i. 638 b, the subjection of the Ceians by the Athenians is cited as an illustration of the fact that victory and virtue often lie with opposite camps.

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