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« Reply #120 on: March 13, 2008, 10:54:20 pm »

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   posted 07-12-2004 05:33 AM                       
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Essan,
The dialog takes place in parallel to some festival in honor of "the goddess" (either Athena or Demeter).
Presumably that festival could be the Eleusinian mysteries, which were intended to be kept secret.

Therefore, perhaps Plato was introducing Solon's egyptian story (Atlantis) as an acceptable way to comment on some of the "secrets".

In regard to linking truth to belief: it seems that the Athenians were expected to "believe" their Eleusinian mysteries, and their Panathenaia festivals.

So Plato/Solon could have been trying to cite external (Egyptian) info regarding the "truth", or the basis, behind the Eleusinian war, and the Eleusinian mysteries.

Alternately, the story could have been seeking a basis for the great festival of Panathenia, and the conflict between Athena and Poseidon for control of Athens.


[This message has been edited by atalante (edited 07-12-2004).]


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