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Socrates and Phaedo

Plato’s writings reveal that his famous teacher Socrates enjoyed a string of love affairs with younger men. But it was the last of these May-December romances that would be documented in touching detail in Phaedo. In the document of Socrates’ final days before his execution, the young Phaedo describes his interaction with the great philosopher. It wasn’t a vividly sexual tale but one of intimacy and reflection. In one passage, Socrates runs his hands through his lover’s hair, asking if he will cut it after Socrates dies, then advising him not to do so.

 

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