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Could you please explain the difference between Plato and Platon?

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Hello Hank,

thank you for your question. "Plato" is the Latin version of the name among many other ancient names, that kept for thousands of years their Latin spelling. "Platon" is the Greek transliterated version (cf. Cicero/Kikeron, Manetho/Manethon), where the n falls, but not in Solon). It is all about an adoptation process from the grammatical side of Latin. Yet, one wouldn't use "Platon" in a common English text, unless the reference to it aimed to a grammatical approach/explanation of the declension or just to a comparative reference.

Hope this was clear for you. Have a good day.

Cordially,
Michael

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I provide assistance in linguistic, literary topics of Greek and Latin covering, thus, the following fields: translation, grammar, syntax, vocabulary, etymology, morphology, semantics and interpretations etc.

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