BASILOCLES. You have spun out the time, Philinus,
till it is late in the evening, in giving the strangers a full
sight of all the consecrated rarities; so that I am quite
tired with waiting longer for your society.
PHILINUS. Therefore we walked slowly along, talking
and discoursing, O Basilocles, sowing and reaping by the
way such sharp and hot disputes as offered themselves,
which sprung up anew and grew about us as we walked,
like the armed men from the Dragon's teeth of Cadmus.
BASILOCLES. Shall we then call some of those that were
present; or wilt thou be so kind as to tell us what were
the discourses and who were the disputants?
PHILINUS. That, Basilocles, it must be my business to do.
For thou wilt hardly meet with any one else in the city
able to serve thee; for we saw most of the rest ascending
with the stranger up to the Corycian cave and to Lycorea.
BASILOCLES. This same stranger is not only covetous of
seeing what may be seen, but wonderfully civil and genteel.
PHILINUS. He is besides a great lover of science, and
studious to learn. But these are not the only exercises
which are to be admired in him. He is a person modest,
yet facetious, smart and prudent in dispute, void of all passion and contumacies in his answers; in short, you will say
of him at first sight that he is the son of a virtuous father.
For dost thou not know Diogenianus, a most excellent
BASILOCLES. I have not seen him, Philinus, but many
report several things of the young gentleman, much like
what you say. But, pray now, what was the beginning of
these discourses? Upon what occasion did they arise?