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Hermocrates
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« Reply #15 on: January 12, 2016, 01:08:39 pm »

How you, O Atlantis seekers, have been affected by my accusers, I cannot tell; but I know that they almost made me forget who I was—so persuasively did they speak; and yet they have hardly uttered a word of truth. But of the many falsehoods told by them, there was one which quite amazed me;—I mean when they said that you should be upon your guard and not allow yourselves to be deceived by me, since they say I want to discredit the truth about Atlantis and I'm a devout Christian, too. To say this, when they were certain to be detected as soon as I opened my lips and proved myself to be anything but a great lover of the truth of it, did indeed appear to me most shameless—unless by the uniqueness and strangeness of my proof about Atlantis, they believe that I'm only jesting and jeering those that believe in Atlantis; for if such is their meaning, I admit that my account appears to be such as they believe it not. But it's not as they say. It's only that my Atlantis story and the beauty of it is very much different from all other accounts, and is a perfect reflection of Plato's own. But in how different a way from theirs? Well, as I was saying, they have scarcely spoken the truth at all; but from me you shall hear the whole truth: not, however, delivered after their manner in a set oration duly ornamented with times, places, shapes, words and phrases of which Plato never mentioned. No, by heaven! but I shall use the words and arguments which occur to me at the moment; for I am confident in the justice of my cause: at my time of life I ought not to be appearing before you, O men and ladies of Atlantis, in the character of a juvenile jester—let no one expect it of me. And I must beg of you to grant me a favour:—If I defend myself in my accustomed manner, and you hear me using the words which I have been in the habit of using in that life, I would ask you not to be surprised, and not to interrupt me on this account. For I am older than I can imagine, and appearing now for the first time to be remebering that past life of long ago. But only vaugly, as through a glass darkly. Am I making an unfair request of you? Never mind the manner, which may or may not be good; but think only of the truth of my words, and give heed to that: let the speaker speak truly and the judge decide justly.


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