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  1. The philosophers you mentioned were treated differently. I must say that our contemporaries, of course, did not have the same respect for them as we do in two and a half millennia: the fact is that we are already able to understand their contribution to the development of world thought, and for our contemporaries they were new, not always understandable, and often very annoying characters. Here I have already spoken about the relationship to Socrates and Diogenes, and as for Plato, to understand his personality, we must keep in mind his origin: through his father, he traced his origin to the mythical king of Athens Codrus, and on his mother's side he was a descendant of the lawgiver Solon. Of course, the aristocratic background must have had a certain influence on him and determine his position in society. It is known that he was very friendly with the orator Isocrates (Diog. Laert., Vitae philisoph., III, 8) and with the military commander Chabri, for whom the only citizen interceded when serious charges were brought against him (Ibid., 24); he was respected by the military commander Timothy (Claud. Ael., Var. Hist., II, 10; 18) and Philip of Macedon (Ibid., IV, 19). Comedians laughed at him for his philosophical research and gloomy character. Plato had a complex relationship with the philosophers of his time, namely Aristippus, Antisthenes and Xenophon (also students of Socrates); Ancient tradition also testifies to the rivalry between the elderly Plato and the young Aristotle (and Aristotle is presented as a very arrogant and arrogant character: e.g. Claud. Ael., Var. Hist., III, 19; IV, 9). At the same time, Plato was a very famous figure of his time. This is evidenced by two circumstances. First, when Plato came into conflict with the Sicilian tyrant Dionysius and was sold into slavery by his will, he was immediately ransomed from there; secondly, the Cyrenians asked him to draw up laws for them, but he refused (Plut., Lucull., 2).

  2. I remember an anecdote that I couldn't find in writing anywhere, so excuse me – I'll tell you from memory.

    Having heard about the great wisdom of the Greeks, a certain young man arrives in Athens, where the life of philosophy is boiling and the schools of sages compete with each other. He naturally goes to the market square, where papyrus shops and various works are popular, and after spending a couple of hours poring over scrolls, studying with great reverence profound works on physics, logic and ethics, and finally, filled with delight, he asks the merchant: “please tell me, is there really such a great love for wisdom in this glorious city and there are people worthy of the title of philosopher,: “They're all fucked up here!”

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