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Delphi (Greece) (search for this): book 4, chapter 2
escape being slaves.”“Upon my word, Socrates, I did feel confident that I was a student of a philosophy that would provide me with the best education in all things needful to one who would be a gentleman. But you can imagine my dismay when I realise that in spite of all my pains I am even incapable of answering a question about things that one is bound to know, and yet find no other way that will lead to my improvement.”Hereupon Socrates exclaimed: “Tell me, Euthydemus, have you ever been to Delphi?”“Yes, certainly; twice.”“Then did you notice somewhere on the temple the inscription ‘Know thyself'?”“I did.”“And did you pay no heed to the inscription, or did you attend to it and try to consider who you were?”“Indeed I did not; because I felt sure that I knew that already; for I could hardly know anything else if I did not even know myself.” “And what do you suppose a man must know to know himself, his own name merely? Or must he consider what sort of a creatur
Athens (Greece) (search for this): book 4, chapter 2
is obvious from his behaviour. I fancy he has prepared a noble exordium to his addresses, with due care not to give the impression that he is indebted to anyone for his knowledge. No doubt he will begin his speech with this introduction: “‘Men of Athens, I have never yet learnt anything from anyone, nor when I have been told of any man's ability in speech and in action, have I sought to meet him, nor have I been at pains to find a teacher among the men who know. On the contrary, I have constantlce of it. Nevertheless I shall recommend to your consideration anything that comes into my head.’ “This exordium might be adapted so as to suit candidates for the office of public physician. They might begin their speeches in this strain:“‘Men of Athens, I have never yet studied medicine, nor sought to find a teacher among our physicians; for I have constantly avoided learning anything from the physicians, and even the appearance of having studied their art. Nevertheless I ask you to appoin