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Apollo: the swan-god

Apollo: the wolf and the swan

Coin showing Apollo; swan on reverse.

The philosopher Plato recorded the last words of his mentor, Socrates, in a dialogue called the Phaedo. According to him, Socrates tried to console his followers by contrasting the nightingale and the swan. In myth the nightingalesang for sorrow, while swans only sang once, at their death. Socrates argued that swans sang because, as Apollo’s birds, they could…

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