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Palermo

April 7, 2005

9:30 am

Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia, Università degli Studi di Palermo
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David O'Connor

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Concurrent Associate Professor of Classics

University of Notre Dame

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"Rewriting the Poets in Plato's Characters"

 

Plato's 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.

 

 

 This lecture is co-sponsored by

 Dipartimento di Studi Greci e Latini, UniversitÓ degli Studi di Palermo

 
     
   

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DIPARTIMENTO DI STUDI GRECI E LATINI

Università degli Studi di Palermo