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Critias

Plato

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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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Book Excerpt: 
. . .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

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

An interesting read, especially when one realizes that this is probably the only direct access to Plato's writings that most medieval thinkers had until after 1000. The Timaeus contains Plato's account of the creation of the universe, mankind, and all living creatures. The Critias is his account of

This is a great cosmogonical journey through our earth. Plato is God's "philosophical Moses", if you will. This great couplet of stories is inspiring and thought-provoking to the max . I was annotating almost every page. Sometimes eerie the "allusions" Plato makes to Christian cosmogonical ideas ar

This is how the world began according to Plato.

Out of Chaos rose the stars and planets, rose man and the four elements—fire, air, water, and earth—based on four of the five convex regular polyhedra (the Platonic solids). All was created by a Demiurge looking to an eternal, perfect model. We hear ho

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

Done, phew !!

Well this was a tough read and no mistake for such a small book. I had hoped there was more Greek myths in the content, especially given that part of it was supposed to be about Atlantis. Unfortunately there was little mythology involved. Whether it was unfinished on purpose or else par

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

These two works together were meant to be a trilogy about Athens, Greeks and their place in the world. Unfortunately, the 3rd book was lost, or never written, and the 2nd book, Critias only survives as a fragment. Still, interesting. The three men, speak to Socartes about the nature of everything, h

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