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Physis : World Creation  


On Physis

Persons of the Dialogue
Socrates, Timaeus, Hermocrates, Critias

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17a-21a Πολιτεία

Atlantis against Athens

21a-27b τλαντὶς κατὰ Ἀθηνῶν


27c-34a Γένεσις

The world's soul

34b-37c Ἡ ψυχὴ τοῦ κόσμου


37c-39e Χρόνος

Visible and created Gods

39e-41d Θεοὶ ὁρατοὶ καὶ γενητοί

Creation of the souls

41d-44d Δημιουργία τῶν ψυχῶν

Body and senses

44d-47e Σῶμα καὶ αἰσθήσεις


47e-48d Ἀνάγκη


48e-53c Χῶρος

The triangles

53c-55d Τὰ τρίγωνα

The four elements

55d-57d Τὰ τέσσαρα γένη

Motion and rest

57d-58c Κίνησις καὶ στάσις

Kinds of the elements

58c-60b Γενῶν εἴδη

Kinds of the earth

60b-61c Γῆς εἴδη


61c-63e Αἰσθήσεις

Pleasure and pain

64a-69a Ἡδονὴ καὶ λύπη

Powers of the soul

69a-72d Δυνάμεις τῆς ψυχῆς

More about the body

72d-81e Τὸ τοῦ σώματος ἐπίλοιπον

Diseases of the body

81e-86a Νόσοι τοῦ σώματος

Diseases and therapy of the soul

86b-90d Νόσοι καὶ ἀγωγὴ τῆς ψυχῆς

Genesis of other animals

90e-92c Γένεσις ἄλλων ζώων


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