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τύπον: form, general plan, freq. contrasted with exact description. Cf. Rep. iii. 414 a ὡς ἐν τύπῳ, μὴ δἰ ἀκριβείας, εἰρῆσθαι to speak generally, without aiming at exactness, Phil. 61 a τὸ τοίνυν ἀγαθὸν ἤτοι σαφῶς, καί τινα τύπον αὐτοῦ ληπτέον then we must apprehend the good clearly, or at least get some general idea of it.

ἔλεγχος: pred., the subj. being βούλησις.

λέγει γάρ: refers to the words already quoted 339 c οὐδέ μοι ἐμμελέως . . . ἔμμεναι, for after these came immediately, acc. to 341 e, θεὸς ἂν μόνος τοῦτ᾽ ἔχοι γέρας, and then, evidently, the words ἄνδρα δ᾽ οὐκ ἔστι κτἑ. Consequently ὀλίγα διελθών can refer only to the lost lines which stood between the opening words ἄνδρ᾽ ἀγαθὸν . . . τετυγμένον and the words οὐδέ μοι ἐμμελέως. Protagoras refers to the same lines, when he says in 339 d ὀλίγον δὲ τοῦ ποιήματος εἰς τὸ πρόσθεν προελθών.—

ὡς ἂν εἰ λέγοι λόγον: in order to make clear that which the poet has said, it is converted into periodic prose. For the same purpose, after using the words ὀλίγα διελθών, Socrates starts anew with the opening of the poem.

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