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date: 27 November 2022


, of Athens


, of Athens
  • William David Ross
  •  and Simon Hornblower


Simon of Athens, a shoemaker, was according to a late tradition a friend of *Socrates, who used to visit him in his workshop and discuss philosophical questions with him. He plays a considerable part in the (late) Socratic letters (Ep. Graec. 609 ff.), and *Diogenes (6) Laertius (2. 122) says he was the first to write reminiscences of Socrates in *dialogue form. He is never mentioned by *Plato (1) or *Xenophon (1), but his existence has been confirmed by the discovery of a black-glazed cup on which is scratched ΣΙΜΩΝΟΣ (‘Simon's’), together with hobnails and bone rings for laced boots, on a site just outside the agora (see athens, topography)—evidently Simon's cobbler shop.


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