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For some of my friends met me and related to me how, as they were sitting together in the Lyceum,A sacred enclosure on the right bank of the Ilissus, dedicated to Apollo—a gymnasium and exercise ground, but was also frequented by philosophers. Here Aristotle and his pupils were wont to gather. three or four of the sophists of no repute— men who claim to know everything and are prompt to show their presence everywhere—were discussing the poets, especially the poetry of Hesiod and Homer, saying nothing original about them, but merely chanting their verses and repeating from memory the cleverest things which certain others had said about them in the past.Other sophists made much of the study and elucidation of the poets, but there is no evidence that Isocrates did. See Blass, Die attische Beredsamkeit 2, pp. 4
SocratesLet us turn aside here and go along the Ilissus; then we can sit down quietly wherever we please.PhaedrusI am fortunate, it seems, in being barefoot; you are so always. It is easiest then for us to go along the brook with our feet in the water, and it is not unpleasant, especially at this time of the year and the day.SocratesLead on then, and look out for a good place where we may sit.PhaedrusDo you see that very tall plane tree?SocratesWhat of it?
PhaedrusThere is shade there and a moderate breeze and grass to sit on, or, if we like, to lie down on.SocratesLead the way.PhaedrusTell me, Socrates, is it not from some place along here by the Ilissus that Boreas is said to have carried off Oreithyia?SocratesYes, that is the story.PhaedrusWell, is it from here? The streamlet looks very pretty and pure and clear and fit for girls to play by.