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[541c] Or do you suppose that the Greeks feel a great need of a rhapsode in the glory of his golden crown, but of a general none at all?

It is because my city,1 Socrates, is under the rule and generalship of your people, and is not in want of a general; whilst you and Sparta would not choose me as a general, since you think you manage well enough for yourselves.

My excellent Ion, you are acquainted with Apollodorus2 of Cyzicus, are you not?

What might he be?

A man whom the Athenians have often chosen as their general, though a foreigner;

1 Ephesus.

2 Nothing else is known of this general.

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