Translated by Benjamin Jowett
Persons Of The Dialogue: Socrates, Hermogenes, Cratylus.
Hermogenes: Suppose that we make Socrates a party to the argument?
Cratylus: If you please.
Hermogenes: I should explain to you, Socrates, that our friend Cratylus has been arguing about names; he says that they are natural and not conventional; not a portion of the human voice which men agree to use; but that there is a truth or correctness in them, which is the same for Hellenes as for barbarians. Whereupon I ask him, whether his own name of Cratylus is a true name or not, and he answers ‘Yes.' And Socrates? ‘Yes.' Then every man's name, as I tell him, is that which he is called