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This is an incomplete dialogue from the late period of Plato's life. Plato most likely created it after Republic and it contains the famous story of Atlantis, that Plato tells with such skill that many have believed the story to be true. Critias, a friend of Socrates, and uncle of Plato was infamous as one of the bloody thirty tyrants.

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. . .r and orichalcum, and the rest of the interior was lined with orichalcum. Within was an image of the god standing in a chariot drawn by six winged horses, and touching the roof with his head; around him were a hundred Nereids, riding on dolphins. Outside the temple were placed golden statues of all the descendants of the ten kings and of their wives; there was an altar too, and there were palaces, corresponding to the greatness and glory both of the kingdom and of the temple.

Also there were fountains of hot and cold water, and suitable buildings surrounding them, and trees, and there were baths both of the kings and of private individuals, and separate baths for women, and also for cattle. The water from the baths was carried to the grove of Poseidon, and by aqueducts over the bridges to the outer circles. And there were temples in the zones, and in the larger of the two there was a racecourse for horses, which ran all round the island. The guards were distri. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Fun, especially considering this was the cutting edge science of 400 BC. The stars are living beings, your head is round because it models the universes, you’re probably depressed and confused because your soul isn’t aligned with the universal soul. Your liver is black and shiny because it is a scre

1.5 idk. Breaking: once again an annoying old white man (plato) is wrong about everything (the creation of the universe) and yet I’m still forced to read it (professors stop sucking plato off challenge!)

I don't believe there are words that can do justice to any of Plato's writings. I'll say one thing, though: the platonic dialogue of Timaeus and its story about Atlantis was one of the most pivotal nudges I got towards becoming a novelist.
If you're not into philosophy and Greek philosophy at that, i

I enjoy Plato, and this was the first of his works that I really got familiar with. The story of Atlantis is fascinating. Of course, being Plato, some patience is required while reading this, but it is rewarding I think and well worth the struggles and rereading that is sometimes required. Just a he

The best part of this is reading the what-ifs of Atlantis :D

Timaeus of Locri, in real life, may have been a Pythagorean philosopher of the 5th century B.C. – or maybe he was just a literary character invented by Plato. Critias seems to have been a relative of Plato’s, though scholars are not quite sure just how he was related to Plato. But be all that as it

In this introduction to my copy of the Timaeus, Benjamin Jowett says: “Of all the writings of Plato the Timaeus is the most obscure and repulsive to the modern reader”—and he is, unfortunately, correct. This dialogue was very tiresome to read, and it was only through force of will and a few long tra

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