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(Biography) ?15 bc–?50 ad, Roman author of five books of Latin verse fables, based chiefly on Aesop


(ˈfi drəs, ˈfɛd rəs)

fl. A.D. c40, Roman writer of fables.
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Phaedrus, the great imitator of Aesop, plainly indicates this double purpose to be the true office of the writer of fables.
Avienus, also a contemporary of Ausonius, put some of these fables into Latin elegiacs, which are given by Nevelet (in a book we shall refer to hereafter), and are occasionally incorporated with the editions of Phaedrus.
It also contained the Latin versions of the same fables by Phaedrus, Avienus, and other authors.
235; while others make him a contemporary with Phaedrus in the time of Augustus.
Also here, as in the Ion and Phaedrus, Plato appears to acknowledge an unreasoning element in the higher nature of man.
The idealism of Plato is here presented in a less developed form than in the Phaedo and Phaedrus.
The doctrines of immortality and pre-existence are carried further in the Phaedrus and Phaedo; the distinction between opinion and knowledge is more fully developed in the Theaetetus.
The Republic, like the Phaedrus, is an imperfect whole; the higher light of philosophy breaks through the regularity of the Hellenic temple, which at last fades away into the heavens.
I have been taught these two aphorisms in Latin and in Greek; one is, I believe, from Phaedrus, and the other from Bias.
11) Helen North has noted that references to sophrosyne are also almost totally absent when, in the second half of the Phaedrus, Socrates turns to his discussion of rhetoric (180).
The former, especially in the Phaedrus and the Republic, provided the arguments and the imagery (notably in the allegories of the charioteer and the cave) that would long help others to redeem a maligned rhetoric for philosophical ends.
But detachment, Phaedrus, and preoccupation with form lead to intoxication and desire, they may lead the noblest among us to frightful emotional excesses, which his own stern cult of the beautiful would make him the first to condemn.