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[314e] nor are we sophists. Have no fear: I tell you, we have come to ask if we may see Protagoras; so go and announce us. Then with much hesitation the fellow opened the door to us and when we had entered, we came upon Protagoras as he was walking round in the cloister,1 and close behind him two companies were walking round also; on the one side Callias, son of Hipponicus and his brother on the mother's side,

1 The passage from the front door led into a cloister which surrounded an open court and gave access to the various rooms of the house:

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