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"The Critias is a fragment which breaks off in the middle of a sentence. It was designed to be the second part of a trilogy, which, like the other great Platonic trilogy of the Sophist, Statesman, Philosopher, was never completed. Timaeus had brought down the origin of the world to the crea-tion of man, and the dawn of history was now to succeed the philosophy of nature. The Critias is also connected with the Republic. Plato, as he has already told us (Tim.), intended to represent the ideal state engaged in a patriotic conflict. This mythical conflict is prophetic or symbolical of the struggle of Athens and Persia, perhaps in some degree also of the wars of the Greeks and Cartha-ginians, in the same way that the Persian is pre-figured by the Trojan war to the mind of Herodo-tus, or as the narrative of the first part of the Ae-neid is intended by Virgil to foreshadow the wars of Carthage and Rome."

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ISBN-13: 9781721843619
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/24/2018
Pages: 26
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.05(d)

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