: 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, ἢ καί τινα τύπον αὐτοῦ ληπτέον then we must apprehend the good clearly, or at least get some general idea of it.
: pred., the subj. being ἡ βούλησις
: 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.