Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Dedication: The Platonic Academy

One of the themes begins with the dedication wishing Plato a happy 2400th anniversary. Anniversary of what? The founding of his Academy at Athens in 387 BC, the root, or, at least, the eldest root, of the modern, international, academic tradition. It will become apparent that the book is, among other things, a love letter to that spirit. So, in the fall of 2013, I thought back to that very first semester and realized that this was the best offering I could make. As far as I know, no one else celebrated, except for this one commemoration, a 2 euro coin:
The site is now a public park:
Take a moment to reflect, this is where it all began, in a grove sacred to Athena, dedicated to Ἀκάδημος, the savior of the city:
Pull up a rock. Make yourself comfortable. Tell me what you're thinking.

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