I have learned of your fairmindedness, Polycrates, and of the reversal in your life, through information from others; and having myself read certain of the discourses which you have written, I should have been greatly pleased to discuss frankly with you and fully the education with which you have been obliged to occupy yourself. For I believe that when men through no fault of their own are unfortunate and so seek in philosophy a source of gain,1 it is the duty of all who have had a wider experience in that occupation, and have become more thoroughly versed in it, to make this contribution2 voluntarily for their benefit.

1 That is, from the teaching of the subject.

2 For the figure of speech in ἔρανος see Isoc. 10.20 and Plat. Sym.177c.

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