Orderly students

When Socrates arrives at the house where the famous sophist Protagoras is lodging, he finds Protagoras in full flow walking up and down with a select few by his side and behind him a mass of students from all round the Greek world.

τοῦτον τὸν χορὸν μάλιστα ἔγωγε ἰδὼν ἥσθην, ὡς καλῶς ηὐλαβοῦντο μηδέποτε ἐμποδὼν ἐν τῷ πρόσθεν εἶναι Πρωταγόρου, ἀλλ᾽ ἐπειδὴ αὐτὸς ἀναστρέφοι καὶ οἱ μετ᾽ ἐκείνου, εὖ πως καὶ ἐν κόσμῳ περιεσχίζοντο οὗτοι οἱ ἐπήκοοι ἔνθεν καὶ ἔνθεν, καὶ ἐν κύκλῳ περιιόντες ἀεὶ εἰς τὸ ὄπισθεν καθίσταντο κάλλιστα.

I enjoyed looking at this chorus of followers immensely, how they took care never to get in the way in front of Protagoras but when he and those with him turned round, his students split in a good and orderly fashion on either side, and going round in a circle they always ended up behind him in a most delightful way.

Plato Protagoras 315

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