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Author

Plato

Title

Minos

Sub-Title

Publisher

 

Henry G. Bohn

Year

1849-1852

City

London

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Description

Quoted from the Editor's "Introduction to the Minos."

"In placing the Minos in juxta-position with the Hipparchus, I have followed the example of Boeckh; who published in 1810 those two dialogues, together with four others of the Pseudo-Platonic list, under the title of "Simonis Socratici, ut videtur, Dialogi," &c., after he had proved in a preceding work, printed in 1806, that the Minos was not written by Plato; although it had been considered genuine by Bentley, and had been quoted as such by him on Phalaris, t. i.
p. 327, ed. Dyce. Nor had Fr. Patricius any suspicion of its spuriousness, who, in his Discussion. Peripatet. p. 338, speaks of it as having come down to us in an imperfect state. But according to Stalbaum, so numerous and glaring are the proofs of its being not Plato's, that he is only astonished at the fraud having lain undetected so long; and similar it would seem are the sentiments of Schleiermacher.

The dialogue is however, says Boeckh, alluded to by Plutarch in Theseus, i. p. 7, A., and by Clemens of Alexandria in Strom. i. p. 151. 33; and ii. p. 158. 13; to say nothing of the references made to it by Maximus Tyrius, Servius, Proclus, Stobaeus, and Alexander Aphrodisiensis in Aristot. Elench. Sophist. fol. 51, b.

According to Boeckh, the author was the shoemaker Simon. For we learn from Diogenes Laertius, that he wrote some short dialogues comprised in one volume, Hapi Aucaiov, and Uq i ' Apsr"S, and TIEpi Noľov, and 110 43tXorip6ovc. Now as amongst the confessedly spurious dialogues there are two on the two subjects first mentioned, Boeckh conceived that those two, together with the two others, the subjects respectively of the Minos and Hipparchus, made up the four alluded to.

But specious as this induction is, it failed to satisfy Stalbaum, who has contested at considerable length the theory of Boeckh, and eventually arrives at the conclusion, that the author of this dialogue was some Alexandrian writer, who lived in the time of the Ptolemies,
a period rife with such forgeries; and that, although he might have drawn something from the work of Simon, yet his great storehouse was the acknowledged writings of Plato, which, unable to imitate, he has been content to travesty.

With regard to the divine origin of law, Taylor observes that Zoroaster ascribed the laws he gave the Persians to Oromazes; Hermes Trismegistus, the Egyptian, to Mercury; Minos, the Cretan, to Jupiter; Charondas, of Catana, to Saturn; Lycurgus, the Lacedaemonian, to Apollo; Draco and Solon, of Athens, to Minerva; Numa, the Roman, to Egeria; Zamolxis, the Thracian, to Vesta; and Plato, when he gave laws to the Magnesians and 'Sicilians, to Jupiter
and Apollo.

With respect to the title of the dialogue, it has, like the Hipparchus, obtained its name, not from any of the speakers, but from the person whose doings form the chief subject of it; a fact not known to Boyle, who fancied, as remarked by Bentley, that Minos, the law-giver of Crete, was one of the Interlocutors."

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