One, two, three, - but where, my dear Timaeus, is the fourth of our guests of yesterday, our hosts of today?
- Plato, Timaeus [17a].
The Timaeus & Critias are presented as philosophical discussions concerning the great philosopher Socrates, the two eponymous characters: Critias, the narrator of the Atlantis dialogues; and Timaeus, an astronomer of Locri Epizephyrii, who contributes a cosmogony, as well as the Syracusan statesman & general Hermocrates.
This section investigates these characters, as well as those mentioned within the dialogues. Of especial interest is Solon, the great Athenian statesman, to whom Critias (in the dialogues) alleges the Egyptian priest revealed the story of Athens & Atlantis. Plato's scheme creates some chronological implications for Solon's floruit & career which are also investigated. Additionally, Amasis looks at accounts of Solon and Plato's alleged visits to Egypt, as well as covering the priests supposedly encountered by Solon.
A full list of characters covered can be found in the subsections below: -
Characters mentioned in Critias' account
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