Monday, August 5, 2013

Socrates and Aesop's Fables

In Plato's Phaedo 
Socrates had a dream to write poems (verse).

After his trial, as
he was awaiting death, 
Socrates said, 
"[...] I realized that a poet, if he is to be a poet,
must compose fables, not arguments.
Being no teller of fables myself, I took the stories I knew
and had at hand, the fables of Aesop, and I versified the 
first ones I came across" 61b.

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