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[235e]

Menexenus
And do you think that you yourself would be able to make the speech, if required and if the Council were to select you?

Socrates
That I should be able to make the speech would be nothing wonderful, Menexenus; for she who is my instructor is by no means weak in the art of rhetoric; on the contrary, she has turned out many fine orators, and amongst them one who surpassed all other Greeks, Pericles, the son of Xanthippus.

Menexenus
Who is she? But you mean Aspasia,1 no doubt.

Socrates
I do and; also Connus the son of Metrobius;


1 Aspasia of Miletus, famous as the mistress of the Athenian statesman Pericles (circa 430 B.C.).

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