By G. C. Field
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He does not seem to have shown any too uncompromising an and at On the contrary, he listened with attitude to Dionysius. patience to some of his suggestions, which he tells us in reality disgusted him. On the other hand, he could hardly have acquiesced in such a gross act of injustice as that committed by Dionysius against Dion. To have done so might have raised his influence as a courtier, but would have been fatal to any influence he might have had as a teacher and philoHe obviously could not have abandoned Dion's sopher.
Plato once more PLATO AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES 24 much effect. By this time he was No ship would take him away without from Dionysius. The unruly mercenaries/ who protested, but without e practically a prisoner. permission were stationed near his house, threatened to cut his throat. At last he succeeded in letting Archytas know of his situation. Archytas acted promptly. He made up some excuse for sending an embassy to Syracuse. And the ambassadors managed to persuade Dionysius to allow them to take Plato back with them.
1 true of all the well-known sophists, those themselves as the educators of Greece. who could really describe THE ACADEMY 33 change was great. It gave the head of the school an established position and prestige among serious people, which the sophists in general, in spite of their meteoric popular successes, lacked. But what is more important from the educational point of view is that it enabled a prolonged and systematic course of instruction to be organized, instead of the cramming system to which itinerant teachers, however brilliant, necessarily tended.
Plato and His Contemporaries: A Study in Fourth-Century Life and Thought by G. C. Field