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Plato?

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ALCIBIADES I 

by Plato (see Appendix I) 

Translated by Benjamin Jowett 

APPENDIX I. 

It seems impossible to separate by any exact line the genuine writings of
Plato from the spurious.  The only external evidence to them which is of
much value is that of Aristotle; for the Alexandrian catalogues of a
century later include manifest forgeries.  Even the value of the
Aristotelian authority is a good deal impaired by the uncertainty
concerning the date and authorship of the writings which are ascribed to
him.  And several of the citations of Aristotle omit the name of Plato, and
some of them omit the name of the dialogue from which they are taken. 
Prior, however, to the enquiry about the writings of a particular author,
general considerations which equally affect all evidence to the genuineness
of ancient writings are the following: Shorter works are more likely to

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