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  • Niels Peter Lemche
    My guess is that we should not discuss George Bush, senior as well as son. Apart from that we have more about Socrates that George Somsell mentions: Xenophon
    Message 1 of 6 , Jul 5 11:30 PM
      My guess is that we should not discuss George Bush, senior as well as son. Apart from that we have more about Socrates that George Somsell mentions: Xenophon and Aristophanes ("The Clouds").

      Niels Peter lemche

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      Fra: ANE-2@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ANE-2@yahoogroups.com] På vegne af George F Somsel
      Sendt: den 3 juli 2009 22:29
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      Emne: Re: SV: [ANE-2] The Hellenistic period -- was the first historians?

      The question is whether we really know anything regarding the historical Socrates.  We know him as projected by Plato as an agent to propound Plato's own thoughts.  We know him as Aristotle projects him (possibly most nearly correctly) or we know him as his detractors would portray him.  Consider the case of George W Bush.  He has been demonized by the leftist extremists and by his own party alike.  He has been portrayed as bumbling in his speech, but has anyone paid attention to Barak Obama who supposedly gives such marvelous speeches?  When he gets off topic and his teleprompter can't help him, he can't construct a coherent sentence.  It thus depends on who is depicting a person and what their relationship with the one they are portraying happens to be.  I doubt that it was any different with Socrates or, for that matter, with Jesus.
       george
      gfsomsel
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