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Goodly is the name, Demodocus, and holy-sounding,1 that you have bestowed on your son. Tell me, then, Theages, do you say you desire to become wise, and do you require your father here to find out a school of some man who is qualified to make you wise?


And which sort of man do you call wise, those who have knowledge of such and such a thing, whatever it may be, or those who have not?

Those who have knowledge, I say.

Well now, has not your father taught and educated you in the subjects which form the education of everyone else here—all the sons of noble and honorable fathers—in letters, I mean, and harping and wrestling and the other sorts of contest?

1 “Theages” means “god-guided.”

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