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[530d] Metrodorus1 of Lampsacus, nor Stesimbrotus2 of Thasos, nor Glaucon,3 nor any one that the world has ever seen, had so many and such fine comments to offer on Homer as I have.

That is good news, Ion; for obviously you will not grudge me an exhibition of them.

And indeed it is worth hearing, Socrates, how well I have embellished Homer; so that I think I deserve to be crowned with a golden crown by the Homeridae.4

Yes, and I must find myself leisure some time to listen to you;

1 A friend of the philosopher Anaxagoras who wrote allegorical interpretations of Homer in the first part of the fifth century B.C.

2 A rhapsode, interpreter of Homer, and historian who lived in the time of Cimon and Pericles.

3 Perhaps the Homeric commentator mentioned by Aristotle, Poet. 25. 16.

4 There was a society or clan in Chios called Homeridae (“sons of Homer”), but the name seems to be used here and elsewhere in Plato for any persons specially devoted to Homer's poetry. See Jebb, Homer, p. 78.

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