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PLATO born (d: 347 BCE); This is hardly the place to summarize the teachings of one of antiquity’s greatest thinkers. Suffice it to say that Plato, through his famous Symposium, has given his name to “the love that dare not speaks its name” nor show its little faerie wings in public, even though Platonic love has come to mean lately a kind of sexless friendship.

That Platonic love before Freud was clearly Gay love is evident in Patience, Gilbert and Sullivan’s devastating satire on the aesthetic movement, in which the effeminate poet Bunthorne sings about “an attachment a la Plato for a bashful young potato and not too French, French bean!”

Plato was born with the name Aristocles. He was surnamed Plato because of his exceptionally well-developed broad shoulders.