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[531d] Are not these the subjects of Homer's poetry?

What you say is true, Socrates.

And what of the other poets? Do they not treat of the same things?

Yes; but, Socrates, not on Homer's level.

What, in a worse way?

Far worse.

And Homer in a better?

Better indeed, I assure you.

Well now, Ion, dear soul; when several people are talking about number, and one of them speaks better than the rest, I suppose there is some one who will distinguish the good speaker?

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