The masterpiece among the middle dialogues is Plato's ().
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And I amcalled wise, for my hearers always imagine that I myself possess the wisdomwhich I find wanting in others: but the truth is, O men of Athens, thatGod only is wise; and by his answer he intends to show that the wisdom ofmen is worth little or nothing; he is not speaking of Socrates, he is onlyusing my name by way of illustration, as if he said, He, O men, is thewisest, who, like Socrates, knows that his wisdom is in truth worthnothing.
by Edith Hamilton and Huntington Cairns.
Religion, which included women also, somewhat mixed the private and the public, but was very much a matter of public concern -- as Socrates himself is charged with not honored the "gods of the city." The modern idea of the "political" is smaller to the same degree that the modern liberal idea of private "society" is larger.
Plato draws an analogy with sleep.
, , , is the phrase in Greek [with the cases returned to nominative], "such virtue, the human and political." "Excellence" is often a better translation for , than "virtue," and it may be here.
Sleep comes after being awake and being awake comes after sleep.
There is another thing:--young men of the richer classes, who have not muchto do, come about me of their own accord; they like to hear the pretendersexamined, and they often imitate me, and proceed to examine others; thereare plenty of persons, as they quickly discover, who think that they knowsomething, but really know little or nothing; and then those who areexamined by them instead of being angry with themselves are angry with me: This confounded Socrates, they say; this villainous misleader of youth!--and then if somebody asks them, Why, what evil does he practise or teach?
equality) is innate and not learnt evidence of a pre-existent soul.
I was conscious that I knew nothing atall, as I may say, and I was sure that they knew many fine things; and hereI was not mistaken, for they did know many things of which I was ignorant,and in this they certainly were wiser than I was.