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[155d]

Socrates
Theodorus seems to be a pretty good guesser about your nature. For this feeling of wonder shows that you are a philosopher, since wonder is the only beginning of philosophy, and he who said that Iris was the child of Thaumas1 made a good genealogy. But do you begin to understand why these things are so, according to the doctrine we attribute to Protagoras, or do you not as yet?

Theaetetus
Not yet, I think.

Socrates
And will you be grateful to me if I help you


1 Hes. Theog. 750 Iris is the messenger of heaven, and Plato interprets the name of her father as “Wonder” (θαῦμα).

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