Scene: The house of Cephalus at the Piraeus. The
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.
I went down yesterday to the Piraeus with
Glaucon the son of Ariston, that I might offer up
my prayers to the goddess; 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. When we had finished our
prayers and viewed the spectacle, we turned in the
direction of the city; 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, Polemarchus
desires you to wait.
I turned round, and asked him where his master
There he is, said the youth, coming after you, if
you will only wait.
Certainly we will, said Glaucon; 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
Polemarchus said to me, I perceive, Socrates, that
you and your companion are already on your way
to the city.
You are not far wrong, I said.
But do you see, he rejoined, how many we are?
How does the Republic begin?
Wen Polemarchus meets Socrates what does he ask?
Why does Socrates want to leave?