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Record 1635

Reading Experience:

[Macaulay's marginalia in Plato's Gorgias, by the trial of Socrates, when Socrates expressed a serene conviction that to die is gain, even if death were nothing more than an untroubled and dreamless sleep]: "Milton thought otherwise" [Macaulay quotes the lines "Sad cure! For who would lose,/Though full of pain, this intellectual being;/ Those thoughts that wander through eternity?"] "I once thought with Milton; but every day brings me nearer and nearer the doctrine here laid down by Socrates."
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: 1635  
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: 438-9
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Thomas Babington Macaulay, George Otto Trevelyan (ed.), The Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay (Oxford, 1978), 2, p. 438-9,, accessed: 09 February 2023

Additional comments:

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



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