Plato On Poetry: Ion; Republic 376e-398b9; Republic 595-608b10 by PlatoPlato On Poetry: Ion; Republic 376e-398b9; Republic 595-608b10 by Plato

Plato On Poetry: Ion; Republic 376e-398b9; Republic 595-608b10

byPlatoEditorPenelope Murray

Paperback | March 29, 1996

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This is a commentary on selected texts of Plato concerned with poetry: the Ion and relevant sections of the Republic. It is the first commentary to present these texts together in one volume, and the first in English on Republic 2 and 3 and Ion for nearly 100 years. The introduction sets Plato's views in their Greek context and outlines their influence on later aesthetic thought. An important feature of the commentary is its exploration of the ambivalence of Plato's pronouncements through an analysis of his own skill as a writer.
Plato was born c. 427 B.C. in Athens, Greece, to an aristocratic family very much involved in political government. Pericles, famous ruler of Athens during its golden age, was Plato's step-father. Plato was well educated and studied under Socrates, with whom he developed a close friendship. When Socrates was publically executed in 399 ...
Title:Plato On Poetry: Ion; Republic 376e-398b9; Republic 595-608b10Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 7.32 × 4.84 × 0.59 inPublished:March 29, 1996Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521349818

ISBN - 13:9780521349819


Table of Contents

Introduction: 1. Mimesis; 2. Poetry and inspiration; 3. Plato as poet; 4. The battle between poetry and philosophy; 5. Plato and Homer; 6. The Platonic legacy; 7. The text; Ion; Republic 376e-398b9; Republic 595-608b10; Commentary; Appendix: Poetic inspiration in Plato; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"The value of Murray's book...lies above all in the encouragement which it gives those able to read Plato in the original to undertake a concentrated and connected reconsideration of the literary details of the three central Platonic texts on poetry. Her consistently sensitive, reliable, and balanced in its judgements...anyone who wants to get close to the fine grain of Plato's arguments in these three important texts will be helped as well as stimulated by the information and guidance offered by Murray's book." International Journal of the Classical Tradition