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Plato on Poetry

Plato on Poetry
Ion; Republic 376e–398b9; Republic 595–608b10

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  • Date Published: March 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521349819

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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.

    • First commentary to bring together Plato's major texts on poetry
    • First commentary in English on Ion and Republic 2 and 3 since the early years of this century
    • Should be a very attractive edition for teachers to use, linking language teaching with a most important aspect of Plato's thought
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    "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

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521349819
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 186 x 124 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.29kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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
    Republic 376e–398b9
    Republic 595–608b10
    Appendix: Poetic inspiration in Plato

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    Penelope Murray, University of Warwick

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