I read a great story awhile back about a group of philosophers who approached Socrates with a question regarding the rights of private property and if a man could rightly own land on a world that belonged to the gods anyway. As I remember it, a myth was referenced about a god who wanted to build a home on earth but a man claimed ownership of the property by right of farming. The man then asked the god for payment and appealed to the other gods for justice. A discussion was held amongst the gods in Olympus regarding the true ownership of the property and some consensus was reached. I have been looking through a bunch of books including most of Plato's to no avail. Does this ring a bell for anyone? Much appreciated!

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    This sounds very off. There are no Plato's dialogues where gods hold discussions. Plato was very much opposed to private property, and it is addressed in the Republic in a rather negative way. Lucian wrote Dialogues of the Gods parody, but there is nothing like that there. I doubt there is a Socratic dialogue of this sort, perhaps it was some kind of modern stylization.
    – Conifold
    Sep 3, 2019 at 22:56
  • Thanks for the comment @Conifold . I think you're right. I may also be way off in my recollection of the story. Sep 4, 2019 at 2:04


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