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Πιττακέ: shows that dir. disc. follows ὅτι.

μὴ οὐ . . . ἔμμεναι: for the double neg. after οὐκ ἔστι, see G. 263, 1, N.; H. 1034. See on 352 d.—Socrates for the present passes unnoticed the use of ἔμμεναι instead of γενέσθαι, a distinction which Simonides had not at all in mind. The true thought of the poet, Socrates gives in e below.

καθέλῃ: cf. 343 c.

One is tempted to ascribe ἐν πλοίου ἀρχῇ to Simonides, but cf. in 344 e the introduction of εἰς γράμματα as an illustrative example, without οἷον or other indication that it is Socrates's illustration.

ἰδιώτην: on the doctrine that the change to a condition presupposes the opposite condition, assumed in this argument of Socrates, cf. Phaedo 70 e ἀναγκαῖον ὅσοις ἔστι τι ἐναντίον, μηδαμόθεν ἄλλοθεν αὐτὸ γίγνεσθαι ἐκ τοῦ αὐτῷ ἐναντίου it is necessary that whatever thing has an opposite be generated from no other source than from that opposite.

ποτέ: to be connected with καταβάλοι, and then with καθέλοι. Cf. 345 a f.

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