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[36d]

Protarchus
Opinions I would grant you, but not the rest.

Socrates
What? I am afraid we are starting a very considerable discussion.

Protarchus
You are right.

Socrates
And yet we must consider, thou son of that man,1 whether the discussion is relevant to what has gone before.

Protarchus
Yes, no doubt.

Socrates
We must dismiss everything else, tedious or otherwise, that is irrelevant.

Protarchus
Right.


1 “Son of that man” may mean “son of Philebus,” in so far as Protarchus is a pupil of Philebus, or (so Bury) “son of Gorgias,” the orator and teacher (cf. Plat. Phaedo 58b), or the father of Protarchus may be referred to by the pronoun, possibly because Socrates does not at the moment recall his name or because he wishes to imply that he was a man of mark.

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  • Commentary references to this page (2):
    • R. G. Bury, The Symposium of Plato, 221C
    • James Adam, The Republic of Plato, 2.368A
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    • Raphael Kühner, Bernhard Gerth, Ausführliche Grammatik der griechischen Sprache, KG 3.5.2
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