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φεύγειν ἀποστρεφόμενον κτλ. As when a bewildered disputant takes refuge again in the fallacious position from which he has been dislodged: see I 334 B note For δύναται Richards would read δύναιτο, comparing ἅπερ ὁρῷεν in 515 B. δύναται treats the simile as a reality, exactly like ἀμβλυώττει in 516 E: compare also 538 A note, and (for the construction) Phaed. 67 E οὐ πολλὴ ἂν ἀλογία εἴη, εἰ μὴ ἅσμενοι ἐκεῖσε ἴοιεν, οἷ ἀφικομένοις ἐλπίς ἐστιν οὗ διὰ βίου ἤρων τυχεῖν. ἕλκοι κτλ. Cf. Theaet. 175 B ὅταν δέ γέ τινα αὐτός, ὦ φίλε, ἑλκύσῃ ἄνω κτλ. The alliteration of ἀν- (ἀναβάσεως, ἀνάντους, ἀνείη, ἀγανακτεῖν) should be noticed: see on 514 A. With αὐγῆς ἂν ἔχοντα κτλ. we may compare Theaet. 175 D βλέπων μετέωρος ἄνωθεν ὑπὸ ἀηθείας ἀδημονῶν τε καὶ ἀπορῶν καὶ βαρβαρίζων κτλ.
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