On the Theages

The Theages, now considered a spurious Platonic dialogue, mirrors the form but not the content of the Laches. Whereas in the Laches, the theme is of 'Courage", the theme of the Theages is of wisdom. Demodocus, perhaps the noted military man from Thucydides, is frantic and goes to visit Socrates. They speak in private at Socrates's "leisure" under the portico … Continue reading On the Theages

On the Cleitophon

As with many others, the Cleitophon is believed to be a spurious dialogue. Nevertheless we must consider it, as the ancients considered it a legitimate source of Platonic wisdom. After all is was Thrasyllos, the Hellenistic critic, who closely associated the Cleitophon with the Republic. Who was Cleitophon? In short he was an oligarchic Athenian statesman. He speaks … Continue reading On the Cleitophon