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Critias, Benjamin Jowett, Tr. #2
Plato

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This etext was prepared by Sue Asscher  

CRITIAS 

by Plato 

Translated by Benjamin Jowett 

INTRODUCTION AND ANALYSIS. 

The Critias is a fragment which breaks off in the middle of a sentence.  It
was designed to be the second part of a trilogy, which, like the other
great Platonic trilogy of the Sophist, Statesman, Philosopher, was never
completed.  Timaeus had brought down the origin of the world to the
creation of man, and the dawn of history was now to succeed the philosophy
of nature.  The Critias is also connected with the Republic.  Plato, as he
has already told us (Tim.), intended to represent the ideal state engaged
in a patriotic conflict.  This mythical conflict is prophetic or symbolical

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