Professor of Philosophy and Concurrent Associate Professor
of Notre Dame
the Poets in Plato's Characters"
Republic is notorious for its censorship of the poets,
especially Homer and Hesiod. But Plato also appropriates these
poets for his own purposes. In particular, he uses Homer's
account of Odysseus's descent to the underworld and Hesiod's
account of the Ages of Man to give structure to the Republic
and to characterize Socrates' main partners in the dialogue,
Plato's own brothers Glaucon and Adeimantus. This mythic aspect
of the Republic casts a distinctive light on many puzzling
aspects of the dialogue that mere analysis of its arguments
is bound to ignore.
lecture is co-sponsored by
di Studi Greci e Latini, UniversitÓ degli Studi di Palermo