3. Of ATHENS, one of the disciples of Socrates, and by trade a leather-cutter (σκυτοτόμος
), which is usually Latinised CORIARIUS. Socrates was accustomed to visit his shop, and converse with him on various subjects.
These conversations Simon afterwards committed to writing, as far as he could remember them; and he is said to have been the first who recorded, in the form of conversations, the words of Socrates. His philosophical turn attracted the notice of Pericles, who offered to provide for his maintenance, if he would come and reside with him; but Simon refused, on the ground that he did not wish to surrender his independence.
The favourable notice of such a man as Pericles may be considered as overbalancing the unfavourable or sneering judgment of those who characterised his Dialogues
He reported thirtythree conversations, Διάλογοι
which were contained in one volume. Diogenes Laertius (2.122, 123), from whom we derive our knowledge of Simon, enumerates the subjects, the variety of which shows the activity and versatility of Simon's mind.
The twelfth of the so-called Socratis et Socraticorum Epistolae
is written ia the name of Simon, and professes to be addressed to Aristippus, Σίμων Αριστίππῳ
, Simon Aristippo.
[ARISTIPPUS.] The concluding passage of it is cited by Stobaeus, in his Ἀνθολόγιον
xvii. Περὶ ἐγκρατείας
, De Continentia,
A translation of this letter is given in Stanley's Hist. of Philosophy,
part iii. p. 119, ed. 1655-1660, p. 125, ed. 1743. (Allatius, De Simeonum Scriptis,
p. 197; Fabric. Bibl. Graec.
vol. i. p. 693, vol. ii. p. 719, ed. Harles.)