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Plato and Hesiod (Hardback)
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Plato and Hesiod (Hardback)

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Hardback 376 Pages / Published: 10/12/2009
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It hardly needs repeating that Plato defined philosophy partly by contrast with the work of the poets. What is extraordinary is how little systematic exploration there has been of his relationship with specific poets other than Homer. This neglect extends even to Hesiod, though Hesiod is of central importance for the didactic tradition quite generally, and is a major source of imagery at crucial moments of Plato's thought. This volume, which presents fifteen articles by specialists on the area, will be the first ever book-length study dedicated to the subject. It covers a wide variety of thematic angles, brings new and sometimes surprising light to a large range of Platonic dialogues, and represents a major contribution to the study of the reception of archaic poetry in Athens.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199236343
Number of pages: 376
Weight: 592 g
Dimensions: 222 x 146 x 26 mm


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This is a rich and original collection which offers new and exciting insights into Plato's interest in Hesiod as, among other things, a source of authority, a sophistic paradigm, a cosmogonist and an alternative to Homer...The essays in this volume are all original, interesting and, in most cases, provocative (in a good way). * Jenny Bryan, University College London, The Classical Review *
Boys-Stones, Haubold, et al. have succeeded in elevating the discussion of the neglected relationship between Plato and Hesiod, thereby paving the way for future work...Hesiod joins the pantheon of literary rivals with whom Plato sustained a surprisingly deep and complex relationship. * Marcus Folch, Columbia University, Bryn Mawr Classical Review *
ingenius and thought-provoking ... All in all, a most stimulating collection of papers. * John Dillon, Trinity College Dublin *

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