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[337a] our conference unconcluded.

When he had said this, Prodicus1 remarked: I think you are right, Critias: those who attend this sort of discussion ought to be joint, but not equal, hearers of both disputants. For there is a difference: we should listen jointly to them both, yet not give equal heed to each, but more to the wiser and less to the less intelligent. I on my part also, Protagoras and Socrates, call upon you to accede to our request, and to dispute,

1 Prodicus was specially expert in nice verbal distinctions

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