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Posted Dec 05 2012 6:19am
PERSONS OF THE DIALOGUE: SOCRATES; ION
Socrates. Welcome, Ion. Are you from your native city of Ephesus?
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Socrates; but from Epidaurus, where I attended the festival
Soc. And do the Epidaurians have contests of rhapsodes at the
Ion. O yes; and of all sorts of musical performers.
Soc. And were you one of the competitors- and did you succeed?
Ion. I obtained the first prize of all, Socrates.
Soc. Well done; and I hope that you will do the same for us at the
Ion. And I will, please heaven.
Soc. I often envy the profession of a rhapsode,
Ion; for you have always to wear fine clothes, and to look as beautiful
as you can is a part of your art. Then, again, you are obliged to be
continually in the company of many good poets; and especially of
Homer, who is the best and most divine of them; and to understand
him, and not merely learn his words by rote, is a thing greatly to be
envied. And no man can be a rhapsode who does not understand the
meaning of the poet. For the rhapsode ought to interpret the mind of
the poet to his hearers, but how can he interpret him well unless he
knows what he means? All this is greatly to be envied.
Ion. Very true, Socrates; interpretation has certainly been the most
laborious part of my art; and I believe myself able to speak about
Homer better than any man; and that neither Metrodorus of
Lampsacus, nor Stesimbrotus of Thasos, nor Glaucon, nor any one
else who ever was, had as good ideas about Homer as I have, or as
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