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G. R. Boys-Stones and J. H. Haubold

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199236343

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199236343.001.0001

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Hesiod's Theogony and Plato's Timaeus

Hesiod's Theogony and Plato's Timaeus

(p.246) 12 Hesiod's Theogony and Plato's Timaeus
Plato and Hesiod

David Sedley (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter asks what the Theogony can teach us about the advent of evil in the Timaeus, and in so doing, uncovers a ‘a remarkably deep isomorphism’ between the two texts: both, for example, introduce first the potential for evil (Hesiodic Chaos and its descendants, Platonic matter) and then its realization (Hesiodic and Platonic woman).

Keywords:   Hesiod, Theogony, Plato, Timaeus, creation, advent of evil, Chaos

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