previous next

προτέρας ἁμαρτίας=‘former sin’ means the sins committed in a previous existence. Hence the imperfect ὑπῆρχεν (‘was to him from the first,’ i.e. from the moment of his birth).

οὐ γὰρ δὴ ὑπό γε θεῶν κτλ. Cf. (with Morgenstern de Plat. rep. comment. p. 141) Ap. 41 C, D and, for a proof of the divine Providence, Laws 899 D ff.

εἰς ὅσον δυνατὸν -- θεῷ . ὁμοίωσις θεῷ κατὰ τὸ δυνατόν is the ethical end for man: see Theaet. 176 B—177 A, and cf. II 383 C, VI 500 C, D, 501 B, C, and Laws 716 B—D together with the μελέτη θανάτου of the Phaedo and the old Pythagorean maxims ἕπου θεῷ, ἀκολουθεῖν τῷ θεῷ. Cf. also Rohde Psyche^{2} pp. 163, 285— 287.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide References (2 total)
  • Commentary references from this page (2):
    • Plato, Apology, 41c
    • Plato, Theaetetus, 176b
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: