47, 5.from his sacred home, "a sacratis ædibus"; some MSS. read "Socratis." The reference has not been explained. Sacratis ædibus occurs in 2 Mace. vi. 4.
47, 10.the approvea divinity of Plato, "Platonis . . . deitatem probatam"; cp. De disciplina Scholarium, iv., "Platonis probata divinitas."
ὲντέλεχεια, the actual being of a thing; according to Aristotle, the soul is the ε. of the body, that by which it actually is, though it had a δύναμις or capacity of existing before.
This is the famous word which so puzzled Hermolaus Barbarus that he is said to have summoned the devil to his assistance.
47, 20.to some rascal robber, "vitiosi vispilionis"; vispilio, a robber; cp. the classical vespillo, a pauper's undertaker.
47, 21.We bemoan Pythagoras; the reference is to the death of Pythagoras in consequence of political disturbances at Crotona.
47, 23.the wailings of a dove, cp. Isa. lx. 8.
47, 24.We mourn, too, for Zeno; De Bury has confounded Zeno the Stoic, who died of old age, with Zeno of Elea, of whom the story mentioned in the text is told. The authorities vary the name of the tyrant. "Diomedon" (corrupted in the MSS. and texts) is from the version as told by Hermippus.
48, 11.Cp. Aulus Gellius, vi. 17. De Bury wrote "secundo bello Alexandrino"; Aulus Gellius, "bello priore Alexandrino"; the number varies in the MSS., but according to Gellius it was "millia ferme septinginta," hence the rendering in the text.
48, 21.innocents in whose mouth was no guile, cp. Rev. xiv. 5.
48, 25.a pious daughter; the text reads "filia virgo."
49, 4.now for the second time; the first time being when