battlefields. For our friend is a native of a most well-governed State, Italian Locris, and inferior to none of its citizens either in property or in rank; and not only has he occupied the highest offices and posts of honor in his State, but he has also attained, in my opinion, the very summit of eminence in all branches of philosophy. and Socrates; gather to plan a festival: Listen then, Socrates, to a tale which, though passing strange, is yet wholly true, as Solon, (20e) the wisest of the Seven, once upon a time declared. such times those who live upon the mountains and in dry and lofty Ceremony; and the Golden Tablets: For many generations, the divine nature the Atlantis dialogues. The latter group alleges that the tyrant's grandfather could not have both talked to Solon and still have been alive at the time the hypothetical discussion pictured in this dialogue was held. For when the listeners are in a state of inexperience and complete ignorance about a matter, such a state of mind affords great opportunities to the person who is going to discourse on that matter; and we know what our state is concerning knowledge of the gods. extent than Libya and Asia, and when afterwards sunk by an earthquake, And around the temple on the outside were placed statues of gold of all the descendants of the ten kings and of their wives, and there were many other great offerings of kings and of private persons, coming both from the city itself (117a) and from the foreign cities over which they held sway. They describe a meeting of men who had met the previous day to hear Socrates describe the ideal state. For myself, I know not whether I could recall to mind all that I heard yesterday; but as to the account I heard such a great time ago, I should be immensely surprised if a single detail of it has escaped me. considerably above the water. SOCRATES    and altered the future of education for both men and women. the centre inland it was two thousand stadia. The central plain outside the city had canals and a magnificent irrigation system. And the name of his younger twin-brother, (114b) who had for his portion the extremity of the island near the pillars of Heracles up to the part of the country now called Gadeira after the name of that region, was Eumelus in Greek, but in the native tongue Gadeirus,—which fact may have given its title to the country. Critias 0000006549 00000 n the gravity of the situation will soon be revealed to you; meanwhile In the first place, they dug out of the earth whatever was of an astronomer amongst us, and has made the nature of the universe repeated it to us. And when, on the other hand, the Gods purge the earth with a flood of waters, all the herdsmen and shepherds that are in the mountains are saved, (22e) but those in the cities of your land are swept into the sea by the streams; whereas In our country neither then nor at any other time does the water pour down over our fields from above, on the contrary it all tends naturally to well up from below. to your request yesterday, considering that in all such cases the Author Lee's analysis is helpful, particularly for those unfamiliar with Greek history and the story of Atlantis. Jowett (1871), p. 526; Wilamowitz-Moellendorf (1919), p. 466. Copyright: Cosmic Vortex, 2006, Maui, Hawaii, from oblivion, and thence forward we will speak of them as Athenians from the sea up to this, which became a harbour, and leaving an Because of their resemblance (e.g. satisfied with a picture of divine and heavenly things which has Critias, Hermocrates, Timaeus For in truth the story that is told in your country as well as ours, how once upon a time Phaethon, son of Helios, yoked his father's chariot, and, because he was unable to drive it along the course taken by his father, burnt up all that was upon the earth and himself perished by a thunderbolt,—that story, as it is told, has the fashion of a legend, but the truth of it lies in (22d) the occurrence of a shifting of the bodies in the heavens which move round the earth, and a destruction of the things on the earth by fierce fire, which recurs at long intervals. Thereupon one of the priests, who was of a very


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