über das eigene Los überhören?”
There is no probability that, as an eminent scholar has maintained, the
Republic itself was intended as a programme of
practical politics for Athens,
and that its failure to win popular opinion is the chief cause of the
disappointed tone of Plato's later writings. Cf. Erwin Wolff in
Jaeger's Neue Phil.
Untersuchungen,Heft 6, Platos Apologie, pp.
31-33, who argues that abstinence from politics is proclaimed in the
Apology before the Gorgias and that
the same doctrine in the seventh Epistle absolutely
proves that the Apology is Plato's own. Cf. also
Theaet. 173 C ff., Hipp. Maj. 281 C,