doubtless I should fear . . ." The idea is that P. is
constantly a victim of such slanders.
primum: adverb, "for the first
time." lacessitam: <
lacesso , "strike." Nonne: introduces question expecting
affirmative answer ( Nonne . . . certavimus
: "didn't we struggle . . .?"). Platonis aetatem: Plato lived c. 429-347 B.C. eodem superstite: ablative absolute, "[although] the same
[Plato] survived." Socrates: d.
Epicureum . . . Stoicum:
adjectives modifying vulgus ("rabble").
Stoicism and Epicureanism arose about a century after Socrates'
lifetime. raptum ire: supine of
purpose, "to [make a movement to] snatch." renitentem: "resisting, struggling." velut in partem praedae: "as if to
be part of their booty." panniculis:
"scraps of cloth." totam me:
literally, "all of me," hence with cessisse
, "I had yielded