Tuesday, February 17, 2009
The Wisdom of Plato
"A marvellous forgetfulness of the former destruction would appear to have come over them." -- Plato, Laws: Book III, 360 B.C.
"There did really happen, and will again happen, like many other events of which ancient tradition has preserved the record, the portent which is traditionally said to have occurred in the quarrel of Atreus and Thyestes. ... how the sun and the stars once rose in the west, and set in the east, and that the god reversed their motion, and gave them that which they now have as a testimony to the right of Atreus. " -- Plato, The Statesman, 360 B.C.
But Plato was only the Scholarch of the Greek Academy so what did he know?