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

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

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

Certainly, and of music1 in general.

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

We carried off the first prize, Socrates.

1 “Music” with the Greeks included poetry.

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