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Sat Aug 14, 2021, 01:59 AM

Socrates: Greatest Quotes on Life (Ancient Greek Philosophy)

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Uncle Joe Aug 14 OP
RockRaven Aug 14 #1

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Sat Aug 14, 2021, 02:50 AM

1. Quotes by Plato, Xenophon, Diogenes Laertius, Plutarch, etc, ya mean......

Socrates wrote nothing, according to our physical sources today of him (none, just none) and his contemporaries (some, although copies of copies to the exponent, of course) -- who do also provide some alleged quotes or portrayals (Aristophanes, Xenophon, Plato).

But all of the non-contemporaries are just writing fan-fiction, and his few extant contemporaries have written him in a style which *coincidentally* ( ) serves their own purposes.

Don't get me wrong, there are a bunch of good aphorisms here...
But the chances that they are actually the output of the historical Socrates, as opposed to the literary one, are slim to nil.

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