Selected Myths. Oxford Worlds Classics. Plato

ISBN: 9786610752904

Published: December 23rd 2004

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208 pages


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Selected Myths. Oxford Worlds Classics.  by  Plato

Selected Myths. Oxford Worlds Classics. by Plato
December 23rd 2004 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 208 pages | ISBN: 9786610752904 | 8.59 Mb

Once upon a time there were just the gods- mortal beings did not yet exist. We are used to thinking of myths as stories, and modern myths as made up and fictitious. For the ancient Greeks, however, a myth was a story that unveiled reality, and forMoreOnce upon a time there were just the gods- mortal beings did not yet exist. We are used to thinking of myths as stories, and modern myths as made up and fictitious.

For the ancient Greeks, however, a myth was a story that unveiled reality, and for Plato, myth-maker as well as myth-teller, a myth could tell us something important about ourselves and our world. The ultimate purpose of Platos myths is to help us live a better life, and to teach philosophical truths in a form we can most easily understand. This volume brings together ten of the most celebrated Platonic myths, from eight of Platos dialogues ranging from the early Protagoras and Gorgias to the late Timaeus and Critias. They include the famous myth of the cave from Republic as well as The Judgement of Souls and The Birth of Love.

Each myth is a self-contained story, prefaced by a short explanatory note, while the introduction considers Platos use of myth and imagery. These myths are thought-provoking and profound, and together they provide an ideal introduction to Platos philosophy.



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