“Hipparchus” by Plato

Who is Lover of Gain?

All men are lovers of gain, but the wise discern true value.

Socrates suggests that Harmodius and Aristogeiton assassinated Hipparchus, not for honor or freedom from tyranny, but because they were jealous of Hipparchus’ influence over the Athenian youths. When “one of the handsome and well-born youths” left them for Hipparchus, “they were so overcome with the pain of this ‘disqualification’ that they slew Hipparchus”.

According to Herodotus’ account in The Histories, Hipparchus had received clear warning concerning his fate in a dream the night before, but still perished. “The oppression of the Athenians continued by the space of four years; and they gained nothing, but were worse used than before.”


2 thoughts on ““Hipparchus” by Plato

    1. Nothing was written about the tyrant Hipparchus’ childhood dreams. But if you’re asking about the dream he had before his assassination, Herodotus wrote the following:

      “Now the dream of Hipparchus was the following:- The night before the Panathenaic festival, he thought he saw in his sleep a tall and beautiful man, who stood over him, and read him the following riddle:- Bear thou unbearable woes with the all-bearing heart of a lion; Never, be sure, shall wrong-doer escape the reward of wrong-doing.”

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