Ideas from 'Life of Theseus' by Plutarch [85], by Theme Structure

[found in 'The Rise and Fall of Athens' by Plutarch (ed/tr Scott-Kilvert,Ian) [Penguin 1960,0-14-044102-6]].

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9. Objects / E. Objects over Time / 9. Ship of Theseus
Replacing timbers on Theseus' ship was the classic illustration of the problem of growth and change
                        Full Idea: At intervals they removed old timbers from the preserved ship and replaced them with sound ones, so the ship became a classic illustration for the philosophers of the disputed question of growth and change, some saying it was the same, others different.
                        From: Plutarch (Life of Theseus [c.85], 23)