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Record 1634

Reading Experience:

[Macaulay's marginalia at the end of the dialogue in Plato's Gorgias. He marks the the doctrine "that we ought to be more afraid of wronging than of being wronged, and that the prime business of every man is, not to seem good, but to be good, in all his private and public dealings" with three pencil lines, and writes]: "This just and noble conclusion atones for much fallacy in the reasoning by which Socrates arrived at it [...] it is impossible not to consider it [the Gorgias] as one of the greatest performances which have descended to us from that wonderful generation."
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 May 1837 and 31 Dec 1839
Country: India
Time: n/a
Place: city: Calcutta
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Thomas Babington Macaulay
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 25 Oct 1800
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Historian and critic
Religion: Church of England
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: India
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Plato
Title: Gorgias
Genre: Classics
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: The edition published in Frankfort, 1602, with a parallel Latin translation by Marsilius Ficinus
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 1634  
Source - Print  
  Author: Thomas Babington Macaulay
  Editor: George Otto Trevelyan
  Title: The Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 1978
  Vol: 2
  Page: 438
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Thomas Babington Macaulay, George Otto Trevelyan (ed.), The Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay (Oxford, 1978), 2, p. 438,, accessed: 26 January 2023

Additional comments:

This entry records Macaulay's later experience of reading the Gorgias, while a government official in Calcutta.



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