[203a] 1I was making my way from the Academy straight to the Lyceum, by the road outside the town wall,—just under the wall; and when I reached the little gate that leads to the spring of Panops,2 I chanced there upon Hippothales, son of Hieronymus, and Ctesippus of Paeania, and some other youths with them, standing in a group together. Then Hippothales, as he saw me approaching, said: Socrates, whither away, and whence? [203b] From the Academy, I replied, on my way straight to the Lyceum.

Come over here, he said, straight to us. You will not put in here? But you may as well.

Where do you mean? I asked; and what is your company?

Here, he said, showing me there, just opposite the wall, a sort of enclosure and a door standing open. We pass our time there, he went on; not only we ourselves, but others besides,—a great many, and handsome.

1 Socrates relates a conversation he had in a wrestling-school

2 i.e., of Hermes, the “all-seeing”

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