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12th

Mar.

2020

Phedre

In this part of the dialogue Phedre (246a-248c), Plato describes the nature of the soul as a power composed by a celestial winged chariot that leaves its home to participate in the heavenly march.
Souls strive to reach the vault of heaven to contemplate from its back, truth, justice, science and wisdom.
Many, wounded by the tumult, do not reach the summit.
But once the revolution is over, each soul returns to its home to feed the horses with what it has been given to contemplate... before setting out again.

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12th

Feb.

2020

Marivaux, Slave island

In a fantasy antiquity, Iphicrate, a young Athenian nobleman, finds himself thrown on the shore of an island with his servant Harlequin. The master and the valet were joined by another duo formed by a mistress, Euphrosine, and her next, Cleanthis. Trivelin welcomes them by explaining the laws of the island: power relations are systematically reversed. The newly arrived masters and slaves had to exchange their clothes, conditions and even their names.

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11th

Feb.

2020

Love according to Diotime

In Plato's “Banquet”, a few people gathered for a social gathering exchange views on the meaning of love(Érôs).

It is there that Socrates declares that as a young man, the "philosophy of Love" was taught to him by Diotime, priestess and prophet.
Socrates asks Diotime several questions about love.

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Published by Fontenelle when astronomy was in vogue after the comet of 1681, the “Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds” are an explanation of the world's different systems.

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This excerpt from book 6 chapter 5 of the History of the Franks by Gregory of Tours relates the meeting of King Chilperic and one of his subjects of the Jewish religion named Priscus as witnessed by the author.

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9th

Sep.

2016

the stranger

A stranger is ordinarily a person that is coming from another country.
In the question-answers that follows, all is taking place as if the one that is answering is not the stranger of anybody else.

To enjoy with moderation!

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