By Jo Walton
"Here within the simply urban you are going to develop into your most sensible selves. you are going to examine and develop and attempt to be excellent."
Created as an test by means of the time-traveling goddess Pallas Athene, the simply urban is a deliberate group, populated by means of over 10000 young ones and some hundred grownup academics from all eras of heritage, in addition to a few convenient robots from the a ways human future―all set down jointly on a Mediterranean island within the far-off past.
The scholar Simmea, born an Egyptian farmer's daughter someday among 500 and one thousand A.D, is a superb baby, longing for wisdom, able to try to be her most sensible self. the instructor Maia was Ethel, a tender Victorian woman of a lot studying and few customers, who prayed to Pallas Athene in an unguarded second in the course of a visit to Rome―and, straight away, came across herself within the simply urban with grey-eyed Athene status unmistakably prior to her.
Meanwhile, Apollo―stunned via the conclusion that there are issues mortals comprehend greater than he does―has prepared to stay a human existence, and has come to town as one of many little ones. He understands his real id, and conceals it from his friends. For this lifetime, he's vulnerable to all of the problems of being human.
Then, many years in, Sokrates arrives―the comparable Sokrates recorded by way of Plato himself―to ask all of the tricky questions you'll anticipate. What occurs subsequent is a story merely the intense Jo Walton may well tell.
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Lysias was once strolling beside me. He and that i weren't lots a pair as buddies who did once in a while percentage eros—the real notice of our dating was once certainly philia. so far as eros is going, silphium constantly labored to date, for me and for the opposite girl masters, notwithstanding I continuously fretted approximately it. “I consider he didn’t pray to be right here? ” I recommended. “He knew it wouldn’t paintings. He by no means meant it to be attempted heavily. He used to be simply attempting to impress debate. ” “Well which may be precise, yet that doesn’t suggest we’re unsuitable to need to aim it,” Lysias acknowledged. “And it really is operating. ” “It’s normally sort-of in part working,” Klio stated. We got here to my door and that i opened it. “Wine? Cake? ” the controversy approximately no matter if it used to be applicable to take foodstuff out of the consuming halls have been made up our minds in prefer, so long as the nutrition used to be continuously shared. all of us went in and that i fetched the wine and the mixer. Lysias took the cups out and disbursed them, whereas Axiothea took the cushions out of bed and placed them at the ground. I combined the wine—half and part as we continuously drank it, on Plato’s suggestion. “It’s operating. now we have young ones who love philosophy, who imagine a debate among Manlius and Tullius is the easiest that you can think of strategy to spend a night. I envy them sometimes,” Lysias stated, as I positioned little nut muffins on a plate. “Me too,” I acknowledged, passing the plate to Axiothea and sitting down at the flooring beside Lysias. He and that i leaned at the mattress, and the opposite opposed to the wall, at the pillows. “I envy them. or even extra I envy the following new release. The infants that might be born right here. The local audio system, as you acknowledged as soon as, Klio. our kids will do larger at giving them the Republic than we did for our youngsters, simply because we’re a pile of loopy idealists from in all places time, and our kids grew up right here. ” “Sokrates thinks we’re wrong,” Axiothea acknowledged. “He’s instructing every type of individuals to query every type of items. while I first heard what he thinks approximately Plato, it fairly rocked me. ” “Sokrates doesn’t think within the Noble Lie,” I stated, sipping my wine. “Sometimes it’s priceless, yet I’d wish to stay away from it too,” Lysias acknowledged quietly. “When a doctor—” Axiothea begun. “We all understand the argument,” Klio interrupted. “Would you've gotten the Noble Lie debate with Tullius or Ficino? ” Axiothea requested. “Debate it in Chamber, you suggest? ” Lysias requested. “Maybe. ” “How approximately in public? ” I requested. “That will be tantamount to telling the kids we’ve lied to them,” Klio stated. “We’re going to need to inform them someday. earlier than all of us die and so they have to run issues for the subsequent generation,” Lysias mentioned. “They’re no longer presupposed to learn the Republic until eventually they’re fifty, after which merely the golds. ” “We’ll have to inform a few of them. a few rigorously chosen subset. ” Axiothea shook her head. “The genuine challenge is all of the outdated males who don’t are looking to permit whatever move. ” “Tullius,” I acknowledged. “Not simply Tullius. Others too. They’re males, they’re from societies the place males have the ability, they’re older, they’re used to being the folk giving orders. they arrive right here they usually discover that they’re recognized to humans from destiny centuries.