Timaeus And Critias

Timaeus And Critias

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Two late dialogues of Plato designed to be part of a trilogy that the philosopher did not finish, "Timaeus" and "Critias" utilize a few select men to theorize on the natural world and to tell a story of the lost city of Atlantis. "Timaeus" is a treatise, written in Socratic dialogue form in 360 BC, that speculates on the nature of the physical world, the purpose of

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Two late dialogues of Plato designed to be part of a trilogy that the philosopher did not finish, "Timaeus" and "Critias" utilize a few select men to theorize on the natural world and to tell a story of the lost city of Atlantis. "Timaeus" is a treatise, written in Socratic dialogue form in 360 BC, that speculates on the nature of the physical world, the purpose of the universe, properties of the universe, the creation of the world soul, the elements, and the golden ratio. It is followed by the dialogue "Critias," which tells the tale of the powerful island kingdom of Atlantis. Though the people are the offspring of a god, their human nature begins to corrupt them. They attempt to conquer Athens but fail because of the Athenians' well-ordered society. Just as Zeus begins to decree their punishment, however, the incomplete work comes to an end. Though not extant, this pair of dialogues is clearly the writing of a brilliant mind posing and considering creative ideas.

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ISBN-13:
9781420933918
Publisher:
Neeland Media
Publication date:
01/01/2009
Pages:
84
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.20(d)

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Timaeus and Critias (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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These are two dialogues which have literally changed the world and how we view the world. Insightful and brilliantly translated.
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