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My soul upon my lips

This short poem was attributed to Plato and was about the playwright Agathon who appears in Plato’s dialogue Symposium. In fact it was probably not written by Plato and could refer to another Agathon.  The strength of the poem lies … Continue reading

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Pins and needles

Sometimes when reading the classics one gets beset by niggling and trivial questions. For example I just can’t understand how people can eat leaning on their elbow as they did in ancient dinner parties reclining on their couches. If I … Continue reading

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Theseus’ boat

The boat that took Theseus to Crete as well as the tribute of seven young men and seven young women whom Theseus saved by killing the Minotaur was kept by the Athenians in thanks for their safe return. Later it … Continue reading

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Plato’s triangles

For Christmas I got a book on Higg’s boson by Jim Baggott. Even though it’s a popular science book and well explained it’s still difficult to understand. But not as difficult as Plato’s account of the fundamental building blocks of … Continue reading

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Mens sana in corpore sano

We should all try to keep a healthy body in a healthy mind. Keeping the body heathy is fairly simple at least in principle. We just need to do sufficient exercise and eat the right food. I do a little … Continue reading

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Wise man aren’t philosophers

The true philosopher is not the one who knows the answer but the one who is looking for it. θεῶν οὐδεὶς φιλοσοφεῖ οὐδ᾽ ἐπιθυμεῖ σοφὸς γενέσθαι—ἔστι γάρ—οὐδ᾽ εἴ τις ἄλλος σοφός, οὐ φιλοσοφεῖ. None of the gods are philosophers nor … Continue reading

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