Not Only Did Christianity Import Platonism Into the First Chapter of the Book of John; It Also Institutionalized Imitation of His Teacher

Portrait Herm of

The editor of the 1990 Penguin edition draws attention to the “arrogance” Socrates displays in Xenophon’s description, but I notice instead the pride that Socrates displays in his enormous self-discipline. Again and again the speaker, that is Socrates as described by Xenophon, stresses how little food, clothing, shelter, or even sexual contact he needs in order to be content, and at the same time emphasizes how this makes possible the life of the mind.

I am not at all impressed by the degree of the validity of that claim; but the personal example does establish a touchstone for the subsequent efflorescence of Christian monasticism and eremitism.

About M. Meo

Worked as translator, museum technician, truck lumper, lecture demonstrator, teacher (of English as a Second Language, science, math). Married for 25 years, 2 boys aged 18 & 16 (both on the Grant cross-country team). A couple of scholarly publications in the history of science. Two years in federal penitentiary, 1970/71, for refusing the draft.
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