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  •  Plato/Socrates didn't believe in democracy (1+ / 0-)
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    Plato later went on to try to educate Dionysius the tyrant of Sicily as a true philosopher-king.

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      Plato, and a lot of other people in Athens, really wanted Dion, who was the old tyrant(Dionysius I)'s brother-in-law (and a very close friend of Plato's, intellectually as well as in, well, other ways).

      But the old tyrant outfoxed them all and got his own spoiled-rotten son (Dionysius II) installed as the next ruler. Plato, and to the slight extent that he was able, Dion, tried to talk some sense into the kid, but to little or no avail. (Dion wound up exiled for his pains, and Plato had much ado to get safely home to Athens.)

      Things got messy, Dion staged a coup and ousted Dionysius, and for a little while it seemed the situation would now stabilize. But it didn't last - Syracuse was still fairly barbaric, and Dion was assassinated (by a trusted friend).

      You can get an interesting, if perhaps overly favorable, view of the times in Mary Renault's The Mask of Apollo (along with insight into Classical Greek theatre).

      If it's
      Not your body,
      Then it's
      Not your choice
      And it's
      None of your damn business!

      by TheOtherMaven on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 08:42:58 PM PDT

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