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[118c] except just a few, and perhaps your guardian, Pericles.

Alcibiades
Yes, you know, Socrates, they say he did not get his wisdom independently, but consorted with many wise men, such as Pythocleides1 and Anaxagoras2; and now, old as he is, he still confers with Damon3 for that very purpose.

Socrates
Well, but did you ever find a man who was wise in anything and yet unable to make another man wise in the same things as himself? For instance, the man who taught you letters was wise himself, and also made you wise, and anyone else he wished to, did he not?

Alcibiades
Yes.


1 A musician of Ceos (who was perhaps also a Pythagorean philosopher) who taught in Athens.

2 An Ionian philosopher who lived in Athens c. 480-430 B.C.

3 An Athenian musician and sophist.

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