The Classical Quarterly (New Series)

Research Article

Penology and Eschatology in Plato's Timaeus and Laws1

T. J. Saundersa1

a1 University of Newcastle upon Tyne

The eschatological myth in the tenth book of the Laws (903 b–905 d) contains a paragraph which purports to explain why, in the next world, efficient treatmentof souls according to their deserts is ‘marvellously easy’


1 This article is a version of a paper read to the Southern Association for Ancient Philosophy in September 1972. I am grateful to members of the audience for a number of helpful comments and suggestions, and to Charles Kahn earlier for a stimulating informal discussion of the paragraph dissected in this article.The lineation shown in the quotation is that of the Buck edition, which for the Timaeus and Laws I use throughoutcirc;.