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The Dialogues of Plato
Early dialogues:
ApologyCharmidesCrito
EuthyphroFirst Alcibiades
Hippias MajorHippias Minor
IonLachesLysis
Transitional & middle dialogues:
CratylusEuthydemusGorgias
MenexenusMenoPhaedo
ProtagorasSymposium
Later middle dialogues:
RepublicPhaedrus
ParmenidesTheaetetus
Late dialogues:
ClitophonTimaeusCritias
SophistStatesman
PhilebusLaws
Of Doubtful Authenticity:
EpinomisEpistles
HalcyonHipparchus
MinosRival Lovers
Second AlcibiadesTheages

Halcyon is a short dialogue in which Socrates relates the ancient myth of the Halcyon (a woman transformed into a bird forever searching the seas in lament) to Chaerephon. It has the distinction of being attributed in the manuscripts to both Plato and Lucian, but the work is not by either writer.[1] It was known to Favorinus, in the early 2nd century, who attributes it to a certain Leon.[2] It is rarely found in modern collections of the works of Plato, although it is often still included among the (spurious) works of Lucian.

Notes

  1. ^ A. E. Taylor, (2001), Plato: The Man and His Work, page 552. Courier Dover Publications
  2. ^ Diogenes Laertius, iii. 62

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