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ὅσα πυκνὰ κτλ. Cf. Tim. 46 A ff. πυκνά ) ( μανά is ‘of close texture,’ ‘close grained’ (D. and V.), not exactly ‘solid’ (as Jowett).

πᾶν τὸ τοιοῦτον. Although the productions of imitative art and the like must be held to belong to this category (see App. I to Book VII), there is nothing to shew that Plato was thinking of them when he wrote this sentence.

τοῦτο ἔοικεν: ‘whereof this is an image.’ ἔοικεν corresponds to εἰκόνας above.

αὐτό: viz. τὸ ὁρώμενον, with reference to ἐν μὲν τῷ ὁρωμένῳ above.

ὡς τὸ δοξαστὸν κτλ. i.e.

AD : DC :: AC : CB.

Hitherto AC has not been called δοξαστόν, only ὁρατόν. The new terminology appears again in 511 D (δόξης) and VII 534 A: see also on VII 516 D, 523 C. δοξαστόν is of course a wider term than ὁρατόν, for it includes the entire domain of τὰ πολλά, by whatever sense or faculty apprehended (V 479 D ff.). δόξα is, in fact, the intellectual state of the ordinary uneducated man. This further specification of AC is of no small importance for the understanding of the similes of the Line and Cave: see VII 514 A, 517 A notes and App. I to Book VII.

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