Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Just City, Plato?

My father and I just finished The Just City, book #1 of the Thessaly Trilogy, by Jo Walton – a book of that rarest of genres, Historical Fantasy.
In his Republic, Plato details what he holds to be a city that maximizes excellence and is perfectly just. So what happens when the Greek goddess Athena decides to actually set it up as an experiment, aided by a few hundred adults (and robot workers) from all eras of human history?

The answer: a strange place even by Fantasy standards (and that is saying something). A place that, to stand, must needs endure irrepressible Socrates as well.

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