teaching as from false impressions. Socrates says "the sign (, smeon ) of the god (, to theo )." "Divine" conceals the fact of Socrates' statement that the sign, indeed, is from the god. It is only through education that the perfecting of mans nature can be accomplished. Socrates does have a problem with the democracy, but we learn exactly what that. ".unless the god, anthropology departmental honors thesis statement in his care for you, sent you someone else." The first hint of the ironic threat that the god might "bless" the city with another annoying gadfly. No, "the god" is a common locution, as common as Socrates' oaths involving Zeus or Hera; and the more that this god happened to mean personally to Socrates, the less likely that he would actually pronounce his name. The Lethe is not actually part of Hell but flows out of Purgatory, down through the Earth, and empties into the Cocytus. Man is the only being who needs education.
The Spartans occupied Athens, overthrew the democratic government, and set up a junta of Quislings that the Athenians called the "Thirty Tyrants." In predictable fashion, they began killing their political enemies, as Socrates mentions himself (32c-d). Confusions in this matter, and false constructions of it, are examined elsewhere. Nonetheless, there is still more work to do, more to remember, before we can move. Religious teachers often make the mistake of representing acts of benevolence as meritorious, without seeing that all we can do for God is just to do what we are bound to do; and in doing good to the poor, we are only doing our duty. Ability is the possession of a faculty which is capable of being adapted to various ends. ".impossible for me to keep quiet because that means disobeying the god, you ink I am being ironical (, eirôneumenos )." While the Greek word can just mean "to dissemble we can tell from this that the modern, subtle meaning of "irony" (, eirônea ). If Alcibiades can be substantially blamed for the loss of the war against Sparta, then Socrates can ultimately be blamed also. He should not ape the manners of his elders. It is a good thing, doubtless, to exercise skill, as it is to cultivate the mind, but these two kinds of culture should have their separate hours.