Hesiod in classical Athens: Rhapsodes, orators, and Platonic discourse

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This chapter places Plato's use of Hesiod in broader contexts, from rhapsodic performances to public speeches. It argues that Hesiodic poetry formed a battleground for sexual politics in the 4th century BC, and that Plato's reception of Hesiod is fundamentally bound up with ongoing debates about education. In this context, quotable lines from Hesiod could take on a life entirely of their own.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPlato and Hesiod
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191717130
ISBN (Print)9780199236343
StatePublished - Feb 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


  • Hesiod
  • Oratory
  • Plato
  • Rhapsodic
  • Rumour
  • Timarchus


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