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LETTER XII

quinta-feira 24 de março de 2022

      

[12.359c] Plato to Archytas of Tarentum wishes well  -doing.

We have been wonderfully pleased at receiving the treatises which have come from you and felt [12.359d] the utmost possible admiration for their author ; indeed we judged the man to be worthy of those ancient ancestors of his. For in truth these men are said to be Myrians ; and they were amongst those Trojans who emigrated in the reign of Laomedon — valiant men, as the traditional story declares. As to those treatises of mine about which you wrote, they are not as yet completed, but I have sent them to you just in the state in which they happen   to be ; as concerns their [12.359e] preservation we are both in accord, so that there is no need to give directions.

(Denied to be Plato’s.)