The Son of Apollo: Themes of Plato

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NOTE

THE illustrations in this book are, for the most part, adaptations of authentic Greek material of the time near to Plato. The drawings are by my son, Frederick J. Woodbridge, who has made in them only such changes as seemed warranted by the context in which they now appear. In the banquet scene, for example, it was obviously appropriate to transform a lady into a gentleman; and the stele at the end, carrying those two epitomes of wisdom, 'Know Thyself' and 'Nothing in Excess,' is the kind of stele my son looked for and found in his imagination. It is my hope that the illustrations, in their faithfulness to the spirit of such artists of ancient Greece as Duris, Smikros, and Euphronios, contribute, from a source too much neglected by philosophers, something of the character of Platonic scenes as a contemporary might render them.

I am indebted to Horace Liveright, Inc., publishers of Bertrand Russell's Education and the Good Life, for permission to quote entire the 'Introduction' to that book.

I am very conscious that my rendering of Plato is an interpretation. It represents, however, the Plato who, after repeated reading and after a studious attempt to

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  • Title Page iii
  • Note vii
  • Contents *
  • The Son of Apollo 1
  • II - The Writings of Plato 32
  • III - The Perfect City 59
  • IV - Education 104
  • V - Love 154
  • VI - Death 209
  • VII - Socrates 254
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