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Plato's Atlantis StoryText, Translation and Commentary$
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Christopher Gill

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781786940162

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781786940162.001.0001

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Critias 106–121

Critias 106–121

(p.127) Critias 106–121
Plato's Atlantis Story

Christopher Gill

Liverpool University Press

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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