Wednesday, September 15, 2021



Dear Mike,

Emily Thomas, The Meaning of Travel (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020) p. xi:
No young person under forty is ever to be allowed to travel abroad under any circumstances; nor is anyone to be allowed to go for private reasons, but only on some public business, as a herald or ambassador or as an observer of one sort or another.

Plato, Republic (c.380BCE)
This eminently sensible prohibition occurs not in Plato's Republic but in his Laws (12.950d):
πρῶτον μὲν νεωτέρῳ ἐτῶν τετταράκοντα μὴ ἐξέστω ἀποδημῆσαι μηδαμῇ μηδαμῶς, ἔτι τε ἰδίᾳ μηδενί, δημοσίᾳ δ᾽ἔστω κήρυξιν ἢ πρεσβείαις ἢ καί τισι θεωροῖς.
Best wishes,

Eric [Thomson]


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