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[285d] concerning the value of letters and syllables and rhythms and harmonies?

Hippias
Harmonies indeed, my good fellow, and letters!

Socrates
But then what are the things about which they like to listen to you and which they applaud? Tell me yourself, for I cannot discover them.

Hippias
They are very fond of hearing about the genealogies of heroes and men, Socrates, and the foundations of cities in ancient times and, in short, about antiquity in general, so that for their sake I have been obliged to learn all that sort of thing by heart


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