“The Origin of Plato's Cave” in Harvard Studies
in Class. Phil. xvii.
(1906) pp. 130-142. Burnet, Early Greek
Philosophy, pp. 89-90, thinks the allegory Orphic. Cf. also
Wright, loc. cit. pp. 134-135.
Empedocles likens our world to a cave, Diels i.3 269. Cf. Wright, loc. cit. Wright refers it to the
Cave of Vari in Attica, pp.
140-142. Others have supposed that Plato had in mind rather the puppet and
marionette shows to which he refers. Cf. Diès in Bulletin
Budé,No. 14 (1927) pp. 8 f.
The suggestiveness of the image has been endless. The most eloquent and
frequently quoted passage of Aristotle's early writings is derived from it,
Cic.De nat.deor. ii. 37. It is<