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1. Arrival of the Ship

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Socrates. Why have you come at this hour, Crito? It must be

Jowett's Notes

quite early.

(in progress)

Crito. Yes, certainly

Crito visits Socrates at the Jail in the Agora
Full View of Athens (207K)
Artist: Ru Dien-Jen
Crito appears at break of dawn in the prison of Socrates whom he finds asleep.

Soc. What is the exact time?

Cr. The dawn is breaking

Soc. I wonder the keeper of the prison would let you in.

Cr. He knows me because I often come, Socrates; moreover,
I have done him a kindness.

Soc. And are you only just come?

Cr. No, I came some time ago.


Soc. Then why did you sit and say nothing, instead of
awakening me at once?

Cr. Why, indeed, Socrates, I myself would rather not have all
this sleeplessness and sorrow. But I have been wondering at
your peaceful slumbers, and that was the reason why I did not
awaken you, because I wanted you to be out of pain. I
have always thought you happy in the calmness of your
temperament; but never did I see the like of the easy,
cheerful way in which you bear this calamity.

Soc. Why, Crito, when a man has reached my age he ought


not to be repining at the prospect of death.

Cr. And yet other old men find themselves in similar
misfortunes, and age does not prevent them from repining.

Soc. That may be. But you have not told me why you
come at this early hour.

Cr. I come to bring you a message which is sad and painful; The ship from 
not, as I believe, to yourself, but to all of us who are your Delos is expected.
friends, and saddest of all to me.

Soc. What! I suppose that the ship has come from Delos,


on the arrival of which I am to die?

Ruins at the Island of Delos
Photo: Thomas Martin and Ivy S. Sun
The Perseus Project

Cr. No, the ship has not actually arrived, but she will probably
be here to-day, as persons who have come from Sunium tell
me that they left her there; and therefore tomorrow, Socrates,
will be the last day of your life.

Soc. Very well, Crito; if such is the will of God, I am willing;


but my belief is that there will be a delay of a day.

Cr. Why do you say this?

Soc. I will tell you. I am to die on the day after the
arrival of the ship?

5th Century Athenian Trireme
Artist: Ru Dien-Jen

Cr. Yes; that is what the authorities say.

Soc. But I do not think that the ship will be here until A vision of a fair
tomorrow; this I gather from a vision which I had last night, woman who
or rather only just now, when you fortunately allowed me prophesies in the
to sleep. language of Homer

that Socrates will
Cr. And what was the nature of the vision? die on the third day.

Soc. There came to me the likeness of a woman, fair and
comely, clothed in white raiment, who called to me and said:


O Socrates --

"The third day hence, to Phthia shalt thou go."

Cr. What a singular dream, Socrates!

Soc. There can be no doubt about the meaning, Crito, I think.