Plato, Pythagoras, and Stichometry

In Stichting Pythagoras Pythagoras Foundation Newsletter. No.15. December 2010. Plato, Pythagoras, and Stichometry §1. Introduction We know little of Plato the man and everything we need of Plato the philosopher. His name appears in the dialogues only three times, twice connected with Socrates’ trial and once with the day of his death. That is all. Continue Reading …

Plato, Pythagoras, and Stichometry

§1. Introduction We know little of Plato the man and everything we need of Plato the philosopher. His name appears in the dialogues only three times, twice connected with Socrates’ trial and once with the day of his death. That is all. But to say that we know everything we need to know of Plato Continue Reading …

Counting and Re-counting Plato

First published The World & I, August 1986. Plato is playful but he plays in many ways. In what may seem to us a most trivial way he plays with words. Wordplay and puns are as common in the dialogues as they are in the plays of Shakespeare, and they are often as labored. Scholars Continue Reading …

Some arithmetical patterns in Plato’s Republic

Published in HERMATHENA No.169 Winter 2000   The name of Plato’s greatest dialogue is so well established as the Republic that it may be impossible to call it by its original name of Polity, but there are certain advantages in giving it back its origi­nal title, not the least of which is that it encourages Continue Reading …