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[269b]

Younger Socrates
Yes, very often.

Stranger
And how about the story that the ancient folk were earthborn and not begotten of one another?

Younger Socrates
That is one of the old tales, too.

Stranger
Well, all these stories and others still more remarkable have their source in one and the same event, but in the lapse of ages some of them have been lost and others are told in fragmentary and disconnected fashion. But no one has told the event which is the cause of them all,


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