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"...a reputation for wisdom, for in each case the bystanders thought that I myself possessed the wisdom that I proved that my interlocutor [Latin, , between, , to speak -- but in Greek it just says "another," ] did not have." Socrates was doing something very unusual.

1. J. B. Wiesner and H. F. York, 211 (No. 4), 27 (1964).

Science #13, December 1968: Vol. 162 no. 3859 pp. 1243-1248 DOI: 10.1126/science.162.3859.1243

4. J. H. Fremlin, No.415 (1964), p. 285.

"...prophesy to those who convicted me...when men prophesy most, when they are about to die." What the Greeks thought, indeed, is that those near death can simply see things that others can't.

5. A. Smith, (Modern Library, New York, 1937), p. 423.

"...had to is as it should be." A little fatalism goes a long way, though Socrates has brought upon himself his fate quite deliberately.

"The Tragedy of the Commons," Garrett Hardin,Science, 162(1968):1243-1248.

19. A. Comfort, (Nelson, London, 1967).

Some scholarly comment has been that Athens became disillusioned with Delphi because it had favored Sparta in the Peloponnesian War, patronizing instead another oracle of Apollo at Delos.

20. C. Frankel, (Harper& Row, New York, 1955), p. 203.

a pass with hot springs), killing King Leonidas of himself (fuliflling a prophecy of Delphi that either Sparta, or a King of Sparta, must fall), they rolled all but unmolested into Athens, where the wooden walls of the Acropolis were simply set on fire, and all the defenders killed.


However, Xenophon, who discusses at length in the the complaints that people had against Socrates, does not mention this one; and such a complaint would have discredited the "walls of wood" pronouncement, which was Delphi's principal contribution to the defense of Athens and the defeat of the Persians.

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10. J. Fletcher, (Westminster, Philadelphia, 1966).

The Loeb translation, however, takes liberties by saying "foolish in their folly." This is because means "ignorance" rather than "folly." The translator, Harold North Fowler, obviously wants the semantic opposite of "" in "folly," rather than what Socrates actually says.

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12. H. Girvetz, (Stanford University Press, Stanford, Calif, 1950).

The system of checks and balances, between judge and jury, established by the Founders of the United States in the Constitution, has failed, as judges have seized all power in their courtrooms, aided and abetted by other judges (the Supreme Court).

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14. U Thant, No. 168 (February 1968), p. 3.

2183 years later, as Napoleon prepared to invade Britain across the English channel, a political cartoon has John Bull, who represents England, say to Napoleon, "where I sit is my own little land in the ocean -- and if you attempt to stir a foot -- there's a few of my wooden walls in the offing shall give you a Pretty Peppering." At Trafalgar, 21 October 1805, Horatio Nelson then destroyed the combined French and Spanish fleet.