author={Alexei V. Zadorojnyi},
  journal={The Classical Quarterly},
  pages={216 - 230}
  • A. Zadorojnyi
  • Published 1 May 2007
  • History, Art, Psychology
  • The Classical Quarterly
68.1–5: ... having embraced and taken farewell of his son and each of his friends more affectionately than he used to, Cato retired to his room; again his intentions seemed suspicious. Once inside his room he lay down and took in his hands one of Plato’s dialogues, On the Soul. When he had read most of the book, he looked up and saw that his sword was no longer hanging over his head. (His son had removed it during dinner.) Cato called a servant and asked him who had taken the sword. The servant… 
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  • Philosophy, Psychology
    The Journal of Hellenic Studies
  • 2001
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  • A. Long
  • Philosophy
    The Classical Quarterly
  • 1988
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Hellenic culture and the Roman heroes of Plutarch
  • S. Swain
  • History
    The Journal of Hellenic Studies
  • 1990
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