The Tablet of Cebes.
Ink mss. with watercolour wash, sheet 230 x 145mm. 9 x 5¾". Tear and chip to top edge.
Manuscript diagram to explain the philosophies of Cebes of Thebes, a disciple of Socrates and Philolaus. He is one of the speakers in the Phaedo of Plato, in which he is represented as an earnest seeker after virtue and truth, keen in argument and cautious in decision. Three dialogues, the Hebdome, the Phrynichus and the Pinax or Tabula, are attributed to him. The two former are lost, and most scholars deny the authenticity of the Tabula on the ground of material and verbal anachronisms. The Tablet of Cebes professes to be an interpretation of an allegorical picture in the temple of Cronus at Athens or Thebes. The author develops the Platonic theory of pre-existence, and shows that true education consists not in mere erudition, but rather in the formation of character. Parallels are often drawn between this work and John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress.
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