On Plato

Lately, I’ve been reading Plato. I haven’t thought about Plato since college. Ten, fifteen years. Reading Plato.

I’ve read the Critias, Plato’s incomplete account of Atlantis.

I’ve read the Apology, his account of Socrates’ trial. For good measure, I’ve also read Xenophon’s Apology, he take on the same event.

I’ve read a little bit of the Timaeus, where Plato lays out his understanding of the structure of the human body and the structure the universe, but I’ve found it slow-going because Plato’s concepts are beyond alien to modern conceptions of biology and astronomy.

Still to read. Republic, the rest of Timaeus, and the Phaedo, in which Plato describes Socrates’ final days and the nature of the immortal soul.

So. Plato.


Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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