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[530a]

Socrates
Welcome, Ion. Where have you come from now, to pay us this visit? From your home in Ephesus?

Ion
No, no, Socrates; from Epidaurus and the festival there of Asclepius.

Socrates
Do you mean to say that the Epidaurians honor the god with a contest of rhapsodes also?

Ion
Certainly, and of music1 in general.

Socrates
Why then, you were competing in some contest, were you? And how went your competition?

Ion
We carried off the first prize, Socrates.


1 “Music” with the Greeks included poetry.

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