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"You seem to me to want more than your proper share: you offer me the merest appearance of beauty, and in return you want the thing itself, ‘gold in exchange for bronze’" (Plato, Symposium, 219 A).

The Symposium



427 BCE – 347 BCE

The philosopher Plato was a citizen of Athens, born into one of the city’s old families.  As a child and adolescent, the future philosopher witnessed radical and sometimes horrifying changes in Athens. 


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