Tablet of Cebes

Cebes tablet


Cebes tablet

This is Cebes’ work “Πίναξ” or “Tabula“, performed & recorded in ancient Greek (reconstructed pronunciation). The audio book contains the complete work.


The philosopher Cebes has been a native of Thebes and lived in the 5th and 4th centuries BCE, also in Athens of the classical times. He has been a disciple of Socrates and his name appears in works of that period (e.g. Plato and Xenophon). Two other works appear under his name, but they are lost. It is stated that he had been a Pythagorean, because of his discipleship under Philolaus.

One can find more information on Cebes here (in German) or here.

the Tablet

The “Tablet” contains a teaching about human life, in the form of a dialogue between an old man and a group of younger persons. The old man explains the paintings (or carvings) on a stone at a Cronos sanctuary, which the young ones cannot figure out. In a few words it is about the way to a happy life; one that comes through true virtue and a soundly developed mind.

For more information you can read here a seemingly exhaustive study around the Cebes’ Tablet, from a moral and religious perspective with many scholarly details as well. The whole book (pdf) is in German language.

Text & Audio book

There are various editions of the Tablet’s text, many free online as well as other printed ones. If you don’t already have the text and wish following it while listening, please click here: for the Greek original, or here, both downloadable.
This is also the text used for the recording.

The Tablet of Cebes

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