Chapter 13. SIMON
Simon was a citizen of Athens and a cobbler.
When Socrates came to his workshop and began to
converse, he used to make notes of all that he could
remember. And this is why people apply the term
"leathern" to his dialogues. These dialogues are
thirty-three in number, extant in a single volume:
Of the Gods.
Of the Good.
On the Beautiful.
What is the Beautiful.
On the Just: two dialogues.
Of Virtue, that it cannot be taught.
Of Courage: three dialogues.
On Guiding the People.
On Good Eating.
What is the Beautiful
On the Art of Conversation
On the Beautiful
On Reason, or On Expediency.
On Doing Ill.
He was the first, so we are told, who introduced
the Socratic dialogues as a form of conversation.
When Pericles promised to support him and urged
him to come to him, his reply was, "I will not part
with my free speech for money."
There was another Simon, who wrote treatises
; another, a physician, in the time of Seleucus
Nicanor; and a third who was a sculptor.