Cartas de Platão

Algumas com autoria contestada, mas destaque especial para a Carta VII, uma das duas consideradas de Platão mesmo. A coleção de 13 cartas já era conhecida desde o início de nosso era.


[10.358c] Plato to Aristodorus wishes well-doing.

I hear that you now are and always have been one of Dion’s most intimate companions, since of all who pursue philosophy you exhibit the most philosophic disposition ; for steadfastness, trustiness, and sincerity — these I affirm to be the genuine philosophy, but as to all other forms of science and cleverness which tend in other directions, I shall, I believe, be giving them their right names if I dub them “parlor-tricks.” So farewell, and continue in the same disposition in which you are continuing now.


[3.315a] “Plato to Dionysius wishes joy !”

If I wrote thus, [3.315b] should I be hitting on the best mode of address ? Or rather, by writing, according to my custom, “Wishes well-doing,” this being my usual mode of address, in my letters to my friends ? You, indeed, — as was reported by the spectators then present — addressed even the God himself at Delphi in this same flattering phrase, and wrote, as they say, this verse —

I wish you joy ! And may you always keep

The tyrant’s life a life of pleasantness.