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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 in the Timaeus: The Demiurge addresses the gods

Hesiod in the Timaeus: The Demiurge addresses the gods

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Plato and Hesiod

Mario Regali

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at Timaeus 41a, where the demiurge addresses the gods, and shows how Hesiodic reminiscences enable Plato to combine the need for a memorable account with a claim to superior sophistication. Hesiod's well-known etymology dia (‘through’) = Dia (Zeus) triggers an intellectual journey from Hesiodic poetry to a Platonic understanding of the world.

Keywords:   Plato, Timaeus, Hesiod, demiurge, etymology, justice

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