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309 ἐκείνου, οὔτε προσεῖχον τὸν νοῦν, ἐπελανθανόμην τε αὐτοῦ θαμά.

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ΕΤ. Καὶ τί ἂν γεγονὸς εἴη περὶ σὲ κἀκεῖνον τοσοῦτον πρᾶγμα; οὐ γὰρ δήπου τινὶ καλλίονι ἐνέτυχες ἄλλῳ ἔν γε τῇδε τῇ πόλει.

ΣΩ. Καὶ πολύ γε.

ΕΤ. Τί φῄς; ἀστῷ ἢ ξένῳ;

ΣΩ. Ξένῳ.

ΕΤ. Ποδαπῷ;

ΣΩ. Ἀβδηρίτῃ.

ΕΤ. Καὶ οὕτω καλός τις ὁ ξένος ἔδοξέ σοι εἶναι, ὥστε τοῦ Κλεινίου υἱέος καλλίων σοι φανῆναι;

ΣΩ. Πῶς δ᾿ οὐ μέλλει, ὦ μακάριε, τὸ σοφώτατον κάλλιον φαίνεσθαι;

ΕΤ. Ἀλλ᾿ ἦ σοφῷ τινι ἡμῖν, ὦ Σώκρατες, ἐντυχὼν πάρει;

D

ΣΩ. Σοφωτάτῳ μὲν οὖν δήπου τῶν γε νῦν, εἴ σοι δοκεῖ σοφώτατος εἶναι Πρωταγόρας.

ΕΤ. Ὢ τί λέγεις; Πρωταγόρας ἐπιδεδήμηκεν;

ΣΩ. Τρίτην γε ἤδη ἡμέραν.

ΕΤ. Καὶ ἄρτι ἄρα ἐκείνῳ συγγεγονὼς ἥκεις;

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ΣΩ. Πάνυ γε πολλὰ καὶ ἀκούσας.

ΕΤ. Τί οὖν οὐ διηγήσω ἡμῖν τὴν ξυνουσίαν, εἰ μή σέ τι κωλύει, καθιζόμενος ἐνταυθί, ἐξαναστήσας τὸν παῖδα τουτονί;

ΣΩ. Πάνυ μὲν οὖν· καὶ χάριν γε εἴσομαι, ἐὰν ἀκούητε.

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Protagoras

although he was present, I not merely paid him no attention, but at times forgot him altogether.

fr. Why, what can have happened between you and him? Something serious! For surely you did not find anyone else of greater beauty there,—no, not in our city.

soc. Yes, of far greater.

fr. What do you say? One of our people, or a foreigner?

soc. A foreigner.

fr. Of what city?

soc. Abdera.

fr. And you found this foreigner so beautiful that he appeared to you of greater beauty than the son of Cleinias?

soc. Why, my good sir, must not the wisest appear more beautiful?

fr. Do you mean it was some wise man that you met just now?

soc. Nay, rather the wisest of our generation, I may tell you, if “wisest” is what you agree to call Protagoras.

fr. Ah, what a piece of news! Protagoras come to town!

soc. Yes, two days ago.

fr. And it was his company that you left just now?

soc. Yes, and a great deal I said to him, and he to me.

fr. Then do let us hear your account of the conversation at once, if you are disengaged: take my boy’s place,1 and sit here.

soc. Very good; indeed, I shall be obliged to you, if you will listen.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.plato_philosopher-protagoras.1924