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Interesting sidelight on Aesop's Fables: Socrates had an inner voice that prompted him or prevented him from various actions. Apparently he always did what it told him, there being only one exception known: the voice told him to study music. He failed to do this until he was in prison, just before his death, and of all things, he chose to put Aesop's Fables to music.

In light of his anti-art statements made throughout his life, this odd choice points up his lack of aesthetic sensitivity. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

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