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[300a] do the Scythians and men in general see things possible of sight, or things impossible?

Possible, I presume.

And you do so too?

I too.

Then you see our cloaks?

Yes.

And have they power of sight?1

Quite extraordinarily, said Ctesippus.

What do they see? he asked.

Nothing. Perhaps you do not think they see—you are such a sweet innocent. I should say, Euthydemus, that you have fallen asleep with your eyes open and, if it be possible to speak and at the same time say nothing,


1 The quibble is on the double meaning of δυνατὰ ὁρᾶν—(a)“possible,” and (b)“able to see.” So in what follows, σιγῶντα λέγειν may mean both “the speaking of a silent person,” or “speaking of silent things.”

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