- Plato's writing often has an undertone of homosexuality, a tendency
that may also have been a characteristic of his teacher, Socrates. Homoeroticism
is identifiable in his dialogues, such as the Phaedrus and
the Symposium, at times becoming quite blatant (if you know
what to look for). His sexual preferences may also have affected his
obvious sympathy with the claims of women, which can be seen in the
early books of the Republic . The Academy also supposedly accepted
two women, who affected masculine ways and are often assumed to have
- Plato was named Aristocles by his parents, and may have been called
Platon for his broad shoulders or forehead.
- Plato's doctrine of the Forms had a great influence on religious philosophy,
including the conception of the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic God.
These conceptions of God all include the idea that He is infinitely
excellent, and infinitely above a world which depends on Him absolutely.
Such a God is very compatible with Platonic terms, embodying and being
excellence – an excellence that is only reflected in inadequate
examples on earth. God is seen as being all these excellences in a pure
and perfect form – exactly the description of Plato's Form of the Good.
Findlay, J.N. Plato and Platonism.
New York: The New York Times Book Company, Inc., 1978, pg. 15-16, 219-220
call number: B395.F488 1978
Hare, R.M. Plato.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982, pg. 1
call number: B393.H37 1982