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Page 46 - etc. Compare the well-known passage in Horace Odes in. xxix. 49 ' Fortuna saevo laeta negotio, et Ludum insolentem ludere pertinax, Transmutat incertos honores Nunc mihi, nunc alii benigna.
Page xxiii - of which Pythagoras was the exponent, regarded by the author of the Tablet from a Pythagorean point of view. Pythagoras taught, as an integral part of his ' Transmigration' theory, that souls were doomed to undergo a long and searching process of purification in various bodily forms— ' Donee longa dies, perfecto temporis orbe, Concretam exemit labem, purumque reliquit Aetherium sensum atque aurai simplicis ignem
Page xxix - More will be said on this subject, when we come to treat of the ' dialectic ' method of Socrates and its requirements
Page 50 - for the denial of a fact (objective), μί) for the denial of an idea or conception in the mind of the speaker (subjective). Hence no stronger mode of negation could be employed than to deny both objectively and subjectively in a single phrase; ie to say
Page 50 - It is perhaps impossible to give a satisfactory formal explanation of the construction; it may be enough to say, (i) That the Greeks, following a natural tendency of language, often multiplied their negatives to increase the force of a denial or prohibition, (2) that they regularly distinguished between their two negatives
Page 50 - there is no fear lest it depart.' This, like all explanations which require something to be ' understood' to complete the sense, is unsatisfactory ; though it is of course true that the meaning is the same as if the
Page xxvi - our author has followed the teaching of Parmenides somewhat closely. The latter, in the allegory with which his philosophical poem opens, represents himself as conveyed in a chariot, drawn by ' steeds of thought,' to the palace of Truth. Two roads lead thither; the one of night or error, the other of light or knowledge
Page xxxi - but in Socrates' hands it became a powerful expedient for eliciting truth and detecting falsehood. It was a dialogue by way of question and answer, in which the respondent must either maintain his ground against objections, or was forced by self-contradiction to abandon it. He was first invited to define the matter in
Page xix - stages of education, Plato would guard against the allegorising method being applied to his myths, since the young cannot distinguish between the allegorical and the real; children should have their minds moulded, as it were, by these fables in infancy, so as to lay a foundation for sound moral opinions in future years