• BOOK I.

  • The scene is laid in the house of Cephalus at the Piraeus; and the whole dialogue is narrated by Socrates the day after it actually took place to Timaeus, Hermocrates, Critias, and a nameless person, who are introduced in the Timaeus.

  • Socrates

    I went down yesterday to the Piraeus with Glaucon the son of Ariston, that I might offer up my prayers to the goddess (Bendis, the Thracian Artemis.);

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  • and also because I wanted to see in what manner they would celebrate the festival, which was a new thing.

  • I was delighted with the procession of the inhabitants;

  • but that of the Thracians was equally, if not more, beautiful.

  • Socrates

    When we had finished our prayers and viewed the spectacle, we turned in the direction of the city;

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  • and at that instant Polemarchus the son of Cephalus chanced to catch sight of us from a distance as we were starting on our way home, and told his servant to run and bid us wait for him.

  • The servant took hold of me by the cloak behind, and said:

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    Servant

    Polemarchus desires you to wait.

  • Socrates

    I turned round, and asked him where his master was.

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    Servant

    There he is,

  • said the youth,

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    Servant

    coming after you, if you will only wait.

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    Glaucon

    Certainly we will,

  • Socrates

    said Glaucon;

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  • and in a few minutes Polemarchus appeared, and with him Adeimantus, Glaucon's brother, Niceratus the son of Nicias, and several others who had been at the procession.

  • Polemarchus said to me:

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    Polemarchus

    I perceive, Socrates, that you and your companion are already on your way to the city.

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    Socrates

    You are not far wrong,