Designer History: Plato's Atlantis Story and Fourth-Century Ideology

  title={Designer History: Plato's Atlantis Story and Fourth-Century Ideology},
  author={Kathryn A. Morgan},
  journal={The Journal of Hellenic Studies},
  pages={101 - 118}
  • K. Morgan
  • Published 1 November 1998
  • History
  • The Journal of Hellenic Studies
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