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[216c] I certainly do think he is divine, for I give that epithet to all philosophers.

Socrates
And rightly, my friend. However, I fancy it is not much easier, if I may say so, to recognize this class, than that of the gods. For these men—I mean those who are not feignedly but really philosophers—appear disguised in all sorts of shapes,1 thanks to the ignorance of the rest of mankind, and ““visit the cities,””Hom. Od. 17.485-7 beholding from above the life of those below, and they seem to some to be of no worth and to others to be worth everything. And sometimes they appear disguised as statesmen


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