Figuring out how the dialogues form one book–a Bible in a sense–is the task of a few lifetimes.

How many of our pundits and experts today still need to catch up to someone who lived 2400 years ago? Why should we care about someone’s political philosophy (Republic) if they haven’t given any signs that they’ve devoted a great deal of thought to the nature of the world, the nature of the soul (Timaeus)? “We can’t be bothered about that.”

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