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Plutarch, Dinner Of The Seven Wise Men, 160c


nanWe drudge and toil for necessaries, for want of better and nobler business. As slaves then who have gained their freedom do now and then those drudgeries and discharge those servile employments and offices for their own benefit which they undertook heretofore for their masters' advantage, so the mind of man, which at present is enslaved to the body and the service thereof, when once it becomes free from this slavery, will take care of itself, and spend its time in contemplation of truth without distraction or disturbance. Such were our discourses upon this head, O Nicarchus. [17] And before Solon had fully finished, in came Gorgias, Periander's brother


nanif perchance we should have the opportunity to cease from heaping into this relentless flesh of ours all the multitudinous products of land and sea, what we shall do, since, owing to lack of acquaintance with noble things, we now content ourselves with the life conditioned on necessities. Just as men who have been slaves, when they are set free, do for themselves on their own account those very things which they used to do in service to their masters, so the soul now supports the body with much toil and trouble, but if it be relieved of its drudgery, it will quite naturally maintain itself in its new freedom and live with an eye to itself and the truth, since there will be nothing to distract or divert it." This then, Nicarchus, is what was said on the subject of food. While Solon was still speaking, Gorgus, Periander's brother, came in; for it happened that, in consequence of certain oracles, he had been sent to Taenarum


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intellect (also intelligence), human intellect (also mind) Delcomminette, d’Hoine, and Gavray, Ancient Readings of Plato’s Phaedo (2015) 121
plutarch, of chaeronea' Delcomminette, d’Hoine, and Gavray, Ancient Readings of Plato’s Phaedo (2015) 121