socrates: dear divine postman whither away and where do you come from

divine postman: from plato socrates the son of ariston and i am going for a walk outside the city wall. for i spent a long time there with plato sitting since early morning and on the advice of your friend and mine acumenus iAM taking my walk on the roads for they are less fatiguing than the streets

socrates: he is right my friend then it seems plato was in the city

divine postman: yes at epicrates’ house the one that belonged to morychus near the olympieum

socrates: what was your conversation? then it seems plato entertained you with his speeches

divine postman: you shall hear if you have leisure to walk along and listen

socrates: what! do you not believe that i consider hearing your conversation with plato a greater thing even than business as pindar says

divine postman: lead on then

socrates: speak

divine postman: indeed socrates you are just the man to hear it. for the discourse about which we conversed was in a way a love speech. for plato has represented some of the beauties being tempted but not by a lover. this is just the clever thing about it. for he says that favours should be granted to the one who is not in love than to the lover

socrates: o noble plato! i wish he would write that they should be granted to the poor rather than the rich to the old rather than the young and so of all the other qualities that i and most of us have. for truly his discourse would be witty and of general utility. iAM so determined to hear you divine postman that i will not leave you even if you extend your walk to slumtown. and as herodicus says go to the wall and back again.

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