And on one occasion, when he wished to draw them on to discourse on ancient history, he attempted to tell them the most ancient of our traditions, concerning Phoroneus, who was said to be the first man, and Niobe; and he went on to tell the legend about Deucalion and Pyrrha after the Flood, and how they survived it, and to give the geneology of their descendants.
- Plato, Timaeus [22a].
The Timaeus & Critias were written at an uncertain time in Athenian history, in & around the time of the Social War, which saw the demise of the Second Athenian Confederacy, and the Third Sacred War, which marks the arrival of Macedon as a major power. These essays seek to furnish information about the current state of affairs in various locations of interest to Plato at the time of his writing the dialogues.
A brief look at Plato's attempts to make a philosopher king of Dionysius II of Syracuse and its ultimate failure.
An examination of the Thera hypothesis, which makes Atlantis a dim reflection of events during the Bronze Age.
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