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Lives of the Eminent Philosophers

Diogenes Laërtius

published in the Loeb Classical Library, 1925

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(Vol. I) Diogenes Laërtius
Lives of the Eminent Philosophers

Book II

 p251  Chapter 13

[link to original Greek text] 122 Simon was a citizen of Athens and a cobbler. When Socrates came to his workshop and began to converse, he used to make notes of all that he could remember. And this is why people apply the term "leathern" to his dialogues. These dialogues are thirty-three in number, extant in a single volume:

Of the Gods.

Of the Good.

On the Beautiful.

What is the Beautiful.

On the Just: two dialogues.

Of Virtue, that it cannot be taught.

Of Courage: three dialogues.

On Law.

On Guiding the People.

Of Honour.

 p253  Of Poetry.

On Good Eating.

On Love.

On Philosophy.

On Knowledge.

On Music.

On Poetry.

[link to original Greek text] 123 What is the Beautiful.

On Teaching.

On the Art of Conversation.

Of Judging.

Of Being.

Of Number.

On Diligence.

On Efficiency.

On Greed.

On Pretentiousness.

On the Beautiful.

Others are:

On Deliberation.

On Reason, or On Expediency.

On Doing Ill.

He was the first, so we are told, who introduced the Socratic dialogues as a form of conversation. When Pericles promised to support him and urged him to come to him, his reply was, "I will not part with my free speech for money."

[link to original Greek text] 124 There was another Simon, who wrote treatises On Rhetoric; another, a physician, in the time of Seleucus Nicanor;º and a third who was a sculptor.

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