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A. Author and work

A.1. Introduction

P. was born in 428/27 BC at Athens, into an aristocratic family that traced its lineage back on his father’s side to the mythical king Codrus and on his mother’s to Solon. At the age of 20, P. became a follower of Socrates, and he is said also to have attended Socrates’ trial. Socrates’ execution, which laid bare the Athenians’ hostility towards philosophers, was a decisive shock for P. (Pl. Ap. 34a, 38b; Pl. Phd. 59b, 118a; Seventh Letter 325b–c). Three voyages took him to Sicily, w…

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Föllinger, Sabine and Radke-Uhlmann, Gyburg, “Plato”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 5 : The Reception of Classical Literature, English edition by Matthijs H. Wibier (2012). Original German-language edition: Die Rezeption der antiken Literatur. Herausgegeben von Christine Walde in Verbindung mit Brigitte Egger. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2010). Consulted online on 20 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004218932, 20101111

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