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Plato – ‘Pregnant’ Men and the Role of Beauty in Creation

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Souls which are pregnant–for there certainly are men who are more creative in their souls than in their bodies conceive that which is proper for the soul to conceive or contain. And what are these conceptions?–Wisdom and virtue in general. And such creators are poets and all artists who are deserving of the name inventor. But the greatest and fairest sort of wisdom by far is that which is concerned with the ordering of states and families, and which is called temperance and justice. And he who in youth has the seed of these implanted in him and is himself inspired, when he comes to maturity desires to beget and generate. He wanders about seeking beauty that he may beget offspring.

Plato (??????), Symposium (?????????) 209 (ca. 385 BCE) (B. Jowett transl.)

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