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I am quite sure that Dion will be grateful to you, if you accomplish so much on his behalf. Sending a messenger he enquired if I had really been conferring with Theodotes on his invitation "Certainly," I replied, "Well," continued the messenger, "he ordered me to tell you that you are not acting at all well in preferring always Dion and Dion's friends to him. Nor have scholars given much consideration to the matter. Dionysios said that, when he had put the affairs of his empire in a position of greater safety for himself, he would send for Dion and me again; and he desired that Dion should regard what had befallen him not as an exile, but as a change of residence.

For he professed to know many, and those the most important, points, and to have a sufficient hold of them through instruction given by others.

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The awareness of ignorance inspired by the Socratic experience is not simply mimetic of Socrates' own avowal. All this has been said with a view to counselling the friends and family of Dion. It follows necessarily that the constitutions of such cities must be constantly changing, tyrannies, oligarchies and democracies succeeding one another, while those who hold the power cannot so much as endure the name of any form of government which maintains justice and equality of rights.

Central to this program was the recitation of Homeric epic poetry, both to provide vonversations instruction in language and, Seekibg importantly, to inculcate the knightly mores and noble ethic of the culture.

And this end is not attained if a man gets riches for himself, his supporters and his country, by forming plots and getting together conspirators, being all the while a poor creature, not master of himself, overcome by the cowardice which fears to fight against pleasures; nor is it attained if he goes on to kill the men of substance, whom he speaks of as the enemy, and to plunder their possessions, and invites his confederates and supporters to do the same, with the object that no one shall say that it is his fault, if he complains of being poor.

So I watched them very closely to see what they would do. Gerhard A. The first reflection that came up, leading the way in my self-communing, was this: "Come suppose that Dionysios intends to do none of the things which he has mentioned, but that, after my departure, he writes a plausible letter to Dion, and orders several of his creatures to write to the same effect, telling him of the proposal which he has now made convresations me, making out that he was willing to do what he proposed, but that I refused and fr neglected Dion's interests.

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We must use Plato's early Socratic dialogues as models for our own educational endeavors and as texts within them. Reading books was a fairly rare thing.

For these reasons he conceived a desire for more definite instruction, and his love of glory was an additional incentive to him. Dionysios took fright and conceded all their demands and more to the peltasts then assembled. There is no other way save this for terminating the troubles of a city that is in a state of civil strife; but a constant continuance of internal disorders, struggles, hatred and mutual distrust is the common lot of cities which are in that plight.

But the circle itself, we say, has nothing in either smaller or greater, of that which is its opposite. This is the spirit and these are the thoughts by which such a man guides his life, carrying out his work, whatever his occupation may be, but throughout it all ever cleaving to philosophy and to such rules of diet in his daily life as will give him inward sobriety and therewith quickness in learning, a good memory, and reasoning power; the kind of life which is opposed to this he consistently hates.

For his was no common or vulgar friendship, but rested on community in liberal education, and this is the one thing in which a wise man will put his trust, far more than in ties of personal and bodily kinship. However, I went, and my action on this occasion at any rate was really a case of "the third to the Preserver," for I had the good fortune to return safely; and for this I must, next to the God, thank Dionysios, because, though many wished to make an end of me, he prevented them and paid some proper respect to my situation.

But though I was well aware that as regards philosophy such symptoms were not uncommon in young men, still it seemed to me safer at that time to part company altogether with Dion and Dionysios; and I offended both of them by replying that I was an old man, and that the steps now being taken were quite at variance with the agreement.

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Every circle, of those which are by the act of man drawn or even turned on a lathe, is full of that which is opposite to the fifth thing. It happened that I was walking in the garden at the same time. But it is well worth while that you should all, old as well as young, hear the way in which this opinion was formed, and I will attempt to give you an of it from the beginning.

Unfortunately, the modern pressure on schools to provide a quick return on educational investment in the form of higher starting salaries has not abated and the ideal of a rounded liberal arts education struggles against this tide. Theodotes said, "Plato, you were present yesterday during the promises made by Dionysios to me and to you about Heracleides?

Further, suppose that he is not willing to allow my departure, and without giving personal orders to any of the merchants, makes it clear, as he easily can, to all that he not wish me to sail, will anyone consent to take me as a passenger, when I leave the house: of Dionysios? But if they do not, then do not summon me or any other helper to aid you against those who do not obey the counsel I now give you. First, we must take up his example and continue to encourage active learning through intelligent dialogue and interactive communication.

The laws too, written and unwritten, were being altered for Seekibg worse, and the evil was cnversations with startling rapidity. These were the appeals addressed to me and much more to the same effect.

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And seeing, as I did, that in quite a short time they made the former government seem by comparison something precious as gold-for among other things they tried to send a friend of mine, the aged Socrates, whom I should scarcely scruple to describe as the most upright man of that day, with some other persons to carry off one of the citizens by force to execution, in order that, whether he wished it, or not, he might share the guilt of their conduct; but he would not obey them, risking all consequences in preference to becoming a partner in their iniquitous deeds-seeing all these things and others of the same kind on a considerable scale, I disapproved of their proceedings, and withdrew from any connection with the abuses of the time.

Thus much at least, I can say about all writers, past or future, who say they know the things to which I devote myself, whether by hearing the teaching of me or of others, or by their own discoveries-that according to my view it is not possible for them to have any real skill in the matter. We identify with the characters who are often caricatures of social typeswe compare our own answers with theirs, and we resolve to pursue more valiantly than they the questions that blossom in the text.

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I would advise a slave under such circumstances, and would use compulsion to him if he were unwilling. But, nevertheless, I advise you, his friends, platonuc imitate in Dion his love for his country and his temperate habits of daily life, and to try with better auspices to carry out his wishes-what these were, you have heard from me in plain words. Having come to Sicily, when they perceived that Dion had been misrepresented to the Sicilian Greeks, whom he had liberated, as one that plotted to become monarch, they not only betrayed their companion and friend, but shared personally in the guilt of his murder, standing by his murderers as supporters with weapons in their hands.

For with these habits formed early in life, no man under heaven could possibly attain to wisdom-human nature is not capable of such an extraordinary combination. He is blind and cannot see in those acts of plunder which are accompanied by educateed what heinous guilt is attached to each wrongful deed, and that the offender must drag with him the burden of this impiety while he moves about on earth, and when he has travelled beneath the earth on a journey which has every circumstance of shame and misery.

As for the rest, it would fill some of them quite illogically with a mistaken feeling of contempt, and others with lofty and vain-glorious expectations, as though they had learnt something high and mighty. But force against his native land he should not use in order to bring about a change of constitution, when it is not possible for the best constitution to be introduced without driving men into exile or putting them to death; he should keep quiet friedns offer up prayers for his own welfare and for that of his country.

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Dion would have easily been kept in check by my wishes and influence. Not long after that a plaronic terminated the power friemds the thirty and the form of government as it then was. For if he thinks it worthless, eucated will have to contend with many who say the opposite, and who would be held in far higher repute as judges than Dionysios, if on the other hand, he thinks he has discovered or learnt the things and that they are worth having as part of a liberal education, how could he, unless he is an extraordinary person, have so recklessly dishonoured the master who has led the way in these subjects?

On the next day ffriends came to me and made a plausible proposal: "Let us put an end," he said, "to these constant quarrels between you and me about Dion and his affairs. And after proceeding on the course which we described, and making himself a wise and temperate man, if he were then to found again the cities of Sicily which had been laid waste, and platonoc them together by laws and constitutions, so as to be loyal to him and to one another in their resistance to the attacks of the barbarians, he would, we told him, make his father's empire not merely double what it was but many times greater.

The second thing belonging to it is its definition, made up names and verbal forms. If therefore anything should happen to him, or if he were banished by Dionysios and his other enemies and coming cconversations us as exile addressed this question to me: "Plato, I have come to you as a fugitive, not for want of hoplites, nor because I had no cavalry for defence against my enemies, but for want of words and power of persuasion, which I knew to be a special gift of yours, enabling you to lead young men into conversatios path of goodness and justice, and to establish in every case relations of friendship and comradeship among them.

Many of their contemporaries did not understand this activity however. I have already sent for him and will send for him again; and if he comes in obedience either to my former message or to this one-well and good. But I do not think it a good thing for men that there should be a disquisition, as it is called, on this topic-except for some few, who are able with a little teaching to friejds it out for themselves.

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But they disobeyed me and would not listen to my attempts at reconciliation, and so brought on their own he all the evils which have since taken place. I was brought into close intercourse with Dion who was then a young man, and explained to him my views as to the ideals at which men should aim, advising him to carry them out in practice. And now, for good luck's sake, let us on this third venture platknic from words of ill omen. But philosophy-whose praises you are always singing, while you say she is Seekijg in dishonour by the rest of mankind-must we not say that philosophy along with me has now been betrayed, so far as your action was concerned?