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PBP: Plato’s Plouton

August 16, 2012

Plato’s Plouton

Called Plouton,
Giver of Wealth
the wealth found below
whether precious metals,
gems or life-giving seeds
Called Haides
not for invisibility
is this god named
but for his wisdom,
his knowing all noble things
Souls go before him
without their covering
fearing to remain unwilling
in his realm forever more
Yet it is not fear
that binds the soul
to the reputedly dismal place
but desire is the binding
The desire for improvement
simply through association
with this much maligned god
Enchantingly beautiful
must be the words of Haides
for no one comes willingly
from that other world
A great benefactor is he
who bestows blessings
above and below ground
who consorts only with souls
shed of evil and needs
bound within flesh
souls that are no longer
infected with the unrest
and madness of physicality
Haides, Zeus named him
for his wisdom and nobility

aeides = invisible
eidenai = knowing

(summarized from:  Plato, Cratylus 400d & 402d – 404b)

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  1. August 16, 2012 8:50 PM

    “Like” Is incorrect. “Love” is better.

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  2. heraqles permalink
    August 16, 2012 11:14 PM

    I have always thought that Haides was given the short shrift by many in ancient times and modern times as well. Plato’s words showed me a different way of looking at Haides. I liked it very much. I would not fear to be in his presence when my time comes.

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    • August 17, 2012 7:20 AM

      I’ve always had a special place in my heart for the “bad boys” of the pantheon. A little bit of study into Haides and Ares has shown me that are every bit as wonderful as the more popular set.

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