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Well done: so now, mind that we win too at the Panathenaea.1

Why, so we shall, God willing.

I must say I have often envied you rhapsodes, Ion, for your art: for besides that it is fitting to your art that your person should be adorned and that you should look as handsome as possible, the necessity of being conversant with a number of good poets, and especially with Homer, the best and divinest poet of all, and of apprehending

1 The Athenian festival of the Great Panathenaea was held every fourth year, and the Small Panathenaea probably every year, about July.

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