On Sun, Nov 4, 2012 at 10:05 PM, Wayne Bishop <firstname.lastname@example.org>wrote:
Plato's Academy? Let's see, now, how did its student population compare > with your average state university? Better, maybe, your average competent > high school graduate who is not college-bound? Able to get over Pons > Asinorum? >
The student population? Hardly worth an answer.
Plato lies in the roots of liberal education: and education worthy of a free man. The population of Athens at its height was probably about 200,000, of which maybe 25,000 were citizens---and thus "free men". The notion that such a small population could have supported an academy populated by students whose minds were of the quality of Euclid, Aristotle, or Plato is simply laughable.
--Louis A. Talman Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences Metropolitan State College of Denver