Thursday, July 8, 2021

M/M: You are my Shining Star: an Epigram Attributed to Plato


Stella vides coeli stellas meus, o ego coelum

si sim, quo te oculis pluribus aspiciam.

Αστέρας εισάθρει αστήρ έμός. είθε γενοίμην

ουρανός ώς πολλοίς όμμασιν εις σε βλέπω.

--Attributed to Plato [or Plato the Younger] , Florilegium Graeciae III.28; Translated by Hugh Grotius (1797)

My star watches the stars.

If only I were the heaven,

I could watch you with many eyes.



Name:  Plato

Date:  428 BCE – 348 BCE

Works:  Apology of Socrates

               The Republic

               Symposium*, etc.


Region 1: Peninsular Italy; Region 2: Western Europe; Region 3: Western Coast of Africa; Region 4: Egypt and Eastern Mediterranean; Region 5: Greece and the Balkans



 Plato was an Athenian philosopher who is considered one of the most influential minds of Greek thought. Using his predecessor Socrates as his mouthpiece, he composed a number of philosophical dialogues that explored various ethical, philosophical, and moral concepts. He was the founder of the Athenian Academy, and was the mentor of the famous philosopher Aristotle.


ARCHAIC: (through 6th c. BCE); GOLDEN AGE: (5th - 4th c. BCE); HELLENISTIC: (4th c. BCE - 1st c. BCE); ROMAN: (1st c. BCE - 4th c. CE); POST CONSTANTINOPLE: (4th c. CE - 8th c. CE); BYZANTINE: (post 8th c CE)

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