After Timaeus’s vast, and intellectually impressive, account of the origin of the universe, Critias suggests that his task is more difficult because people are more searching critics of material they know well, and so it is harder to give a convincing picture of human action than of the nature of the universe. This is a surprising claim, given the very demanding nature of Timaeus’s subject matter (which Critias ignores). Also, Critias’s description of his task recalls features of poetic representation criticized in the ...
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