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Plato and the Traditions of Ancient Literature
The Silent Stream

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  • Date Published: March 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107012929

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  • Exploring both how Plato engaged with existing literary forms and how later literature then created 'classics' out of some of Plato's richest works, this book includes chapters on such subjects as rewritings of the Apology and re-imaginings of Socrates' defence, Plato's rich style and the criticisms it attracted and how Petronius and Apuleius threaded Plato into their richly comic texts. The scene for these case studies is set through a thorough examination of how the tradition constructed the relationship between Plato and Homer, of how Plato adapted poetic forms of imagery to his philosophical project in the Republic, to shared techniques of representation between poet and philosopher and to foreshadowings of later modes of criticism in Plato's Ion. This is a major contribution to Platonic studies, to the history of Platonic reception from the fourth century BC to the third century AD and to the literature of the Second Sophistic.

    • Examines both Plato's relationship to earlier literature and his importance for the literature which followed
    • Emphasis on how Plato's writings were used creatively in various literary forms rather than on Platonic philosophy
    • Written by one of the most distinguished and prolific scholars of Greek literature working today
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    • Date Published: March 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107012929
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: tracing Plato
    2. Homer and Plato
    3. Metamorphoses of the Apology
    4. Dionysius of Halicarnassus and the style of the Phaedrus
    5. Plato as classic: Plutarch's Amatorius
    6. Playing with Plato.

  • Author

    Richard Hunter, University of Cambridge
    Richard Hunter is Regius Professor of Greek in the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Trinity College. He has published extensively in the fields of Greek and Latin literature; his most recent books include The Shadow of Callimachus (Cambridge University Press, 2006), Critical Moments in Classical Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2009) and (with Donald Russell) Plutarch: How to Study Poetry (De audiendis poetis) (Cambridge University Press, 2011). Many of his essays have been collected in the two-volume On Coming After: Studies in Post-Classical Greek Literature and its Reception (2008). He has edited the Journal of Hellenic Studies and is on the editorial board of Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics, Cambridge Classical Studies and several journals.

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