Like Simmias, Cebes heralded from Thebes and, earlier in his life, followed the Pythagorean, Philolaus. Later, he became a student of Socrates. He plays a role in this dialogue and in Plato's Phaedo. His wealth, along with that of Simmias and Crito, is more than enough to bribe the jailers and secure a safe passage for Socrates. If, of course, Socrates agrees to the escape.