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Sources: Socrates in Plato's Words

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Published on Nov 8, 2013

This episode introduces Plato's Socrates, a founding figure of Western philosophy, in a montage drawn from the dialogues Apology, Phaedo, Phaedrus, Republic, and Timaeus (citations in credits). These dialogues belong to several hypothesized periods in Plato's oeuvre: the intention is not to reconstruct the views of the historical Socrates, but to provide a ‘flavour’ of Plato’s character. Narration by Michael Griffin, Assistant Professor of Greek Philosophy at the University of British Columbia; more Ancient Sources episodes at http://ancientsources.tumblr.com.

Images: (1) Leo von Klenze, Ideale Ansicht der Akropolis und des Areopags in Athen (1846); (2) Bust of Socrates (marble), Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples, Italy; (3) Opening Sequence from "Contact" (Warner Bros., 1997), represented to illustrate and comment on the similarity of ancient and modern portrayals of cosmology.

Music: (1) "Sources Theme," mixed from free tracks in Apple iMovie by Michael Griffin; (2) "Lost Song," from "Found Songs" by Ólafur Arnalds (2009), on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/fou...

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