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“Why, yes, that is the tradition,” said I; “but do you suppose, Glaucon, that, if Homer had really been able to educate men1 and make them better and had possessed not the art of imitation but real knowledge, he would not have acquired many companions and been honored and loved by them? But are we to believe that while Protagoras2 of Abdera and Prodicus3 of Ceos and many others are able by private teaching

1 See on 540 B, p. 230, note d.

2 Cf. Prot. 315 A-B, 316 C.

3 See What Plato Said, p. 486, on Laches 197 D.

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