Sôphrosunê and the Poets

Sôphrosunê and the Poets This paper considers the intertextual role of two citations in Plato’s Charmides. The first, from Homer, is introduced by Socrates. The second, from Hesiod, is introduced by Critias. I argue that these citations reveal their full meaning only when their original contexts are considered. In particular, the source context in Hesiod makes clear that Critias’ citation is meant as a response to Socrates’ quote. The dialectic between Critias and Socrates thus turns into a poetic rivalry. It is a rivalry with substantive implications about sôphrosunê and that raises larger questions about authority and interpretation. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Mnemosyne Brill

Sôphrosunê and the Poets

Mnemosyne, Volume 71 (4): 19 – Jun 20, 2018

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0026-7074
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1568-525X
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10.1163/1568525X-12342329
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Abstract

This paper considers the intertextual role of two citations in Plato’s Charmides. The first, from Homer, is introduced by Socrates. The second, from Hesiod, is introduced by Critias. I argue that these citations reveal their full meaning only when their original contexts are considered. In particular, the source context in Hesiod makes clear that Critias’ citation is meant as a response to Socrates’ quote. The dialectic between Critias and Socrates thus turns into a poetic rivalry. It is a rivalry with substantive implications about sôphrosunê and that raises larger questions about authority and interpretation.

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MnemosyneBrill

Published: Jun 20, 2018

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