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[449a] for you at first, and you answered him properly in brief words, in the same way you must now state what is that art, and what we ought to call Gorgias; or rather, Gorgias, do you tell us yourself in what art it is you are skilled, and hence, what we ought to call you.

Rhetoric, Socrates.

So we are to call you a rhetorician ?

Yes, and a good one, if you would call me what—to use Homer's phrase—“I vaunt myself to be.”1

Well, I shall be pleased to do so.

Then call me such.

1 The regular phrase of a Homeric hero in boasting of his valor, parentage, etc.; cf. Hom. Il. 6.211, Hom. Il. 14.113.

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