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[600b] and transmitted to posterity a certain Homeric way of life1 just as Pythagoras2 was himself especially honored for this, and his successors, even to this day, denominating a certain way of life the Pythagorean,3 are distinguished among their contemporaries?” “No, nothing of this sort either is reported; for Creophylos,4 Socrates, the friend of Homer, would perhaps be even more ridiculous than his name5 as a representative of Homeric culture and education, if what is said about Homer is true. For the tradition is that Homer was completely neglected in his own lifetime by that friend of the flesh.”

1 In the (spurious?) seventh epistle, 328 A, Plato speaks of the life and λόγος advocated by himself. Cf. Novotny, Plato's Epistles, p. 168.

2 Diels i3 pp. 27 f.

3 Cf.ὀρφικοὶ . . . βίοιLaws 782 C.

4 “Of the beef-clan.” The scholiast says he was a Chian and an epic poet. See Callimachus's epigram apudSext. Empir., Bekker, p. 609 (Adv. Math. i. 48), and Suidas s.v.κρεώφυλος

5 Modern Greeks also are often very sensitive to the etymology of proper names. Cf. also on 580 B, p. 369, note d.

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