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Alcibiades II
not Plato

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ALCIBIADES II 

by Platonic Imitator (see Appendix II) 

Translated by Benjamin Jowett 

APPENDIX II. 

The two dialogues which are translated in the second appendix are not
mentioned by Aristotle, or by any early authority, and have no claim to be
ascribed to Plato.  They are examples of Platonic dialogues to be assigned
probably to the second or third generation after Plato, when his writings
were well known at Athens and Alexandria.  They exhibit considerable
originality, and are remarkable for containing several thoughts of the sort
which we suppose to be modern rather than ancient, and which therefore have
a peculiar interest for us.  The Second Alcibiades shows that the
difficulties about prayer which have perplexed Christian theologians were
not unknown among the followers of Plato.  The Eryxias was doubted by the
ancients themselves: yet it may claim the distinction of being, among all

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