Socrates. Certainly, Critias, we will grant your request, and we will grant
the same by anticipation to Hermocrates, as well as to you and Timaeus; for I
have no doubt that when his turn comes a little while hence, he will make the
same request which you have made. In order, then, that he may provide himself
with a fresh beginning, and not be compelled to say the same things over
again, let him understand that the indulgence is already extended by
anticipation to him. And now, friend Critias, I will announce to you the
judgment of the theatre. They are of opinion that the last performer was
wonderfully successful, and that you will need a great deal of indulgence
before you will be able to take his place.
Hermocrates. The warning, Socrates, which you have addressed to him, I must
also take to myself. But remember, Critias, that faint heart never yet raised
a trophy; and therefore you must go and attack the argument like a man. First
invoke Apollo and the Muses, and then let us hear you sound the praises and
show forth the virtues of your ancient citizens.