I'm sure many of you have seen the above bust of ancient philosopher, Plato, allegedly from the 5th century. I was recently made aware of the fact that, with the exception of Plato, nearly all of what "we" 'know' about ancient philosophers is what was recorded about them by this dude Diogenes Laërtius,a guy we know nothing about! Which has had me freaking out about the fact that it's all probably made up by the evil church fathers and emperors, who are thought to have, allegedly, destroyed millions of texts of ancient schools of philosophy, medicine, and anything else that wasn't theirs that they came across.
So in an attempt to cheer myself up I started looking at paintings and what not of Plato, not sure there's anything obviously sketchy here, but I thought you guys might like them and I hope you find them as interesting as I have, and can add any that you may have come across!
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347 bc at the academy
1st century bc mosaic
"Alexander visits the Sage Plato"
"Plato in Nuremburg Chronicle"
Plato Seneca Aristotle
"Plato & Socrates" this one interestingly doesn't follow the commonly held view of Socrates as being, "the man who did not write"
"St. Charalampos Church, Prevaza. Plato in Miniature"
(weird one from Österreichische Nationalbibliothek - Präsentation theres tons more images there alone!)
Jose de Ribera 1630
Same as above, "Portrait of Plato"
"Diogenes and Plato"
Definitely one question we could ask might be why he is so often portrayed in early modern styled clothing, rather than the stereotypical toga they have us believing the Greeks wore today? Love to hear what you guys think
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