Plato's Perfect Number of the Divine Creature - � Dr Shepherd
I think he rightly did. He was always trashing metaphor, and using his cave to describe how we are being told too many stories and living in shadows. He said Aristotle said we should be honest and rational, let go of old stories, myths and poems...But...I think he liked metaphor, and he landed up using metaphor and mytholgy to explain most of his philosphy. He was sly and staying under the radar. I think all of The Republic is dropping clever codes of rational thought hidden within the old stories of his education and folk tales...he carries on an oral tradition hidden within his dialogues.