The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Lysis by Plato:|
sense of beauty pervades both of them; they are alike rich in the
description of Greek life. The question is again raised of the relation of
knowledge to virtue and good, which also recurs in the Laches; and Socrates
appears again as the elder friend of the two boys, Lysis and Menexenus. In
the Charmides, as also in the Laches, he is described as middleaged; in the
Lysis he is advanced in years.
The Dialogue consists of two scenes or conversations which seem to have no
relation to each other. The first is a conversation between Socrates and
Lysis, who, like Charmides, is an Athenian youth of noble descent and of
great beauty, goodness, and intelligence: this is carried on in the
absence of Menexenus, who is called away to take part in a sacrifice.