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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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Plato's Hesiod: An acquired taste?

Plato's Hesiod: An acquired taste?

(p.52) 3 Plato's Hesiod: An acquired taste?
Plato and Hesiod

G. W. Most

Oxford University Press

By analysing the pattern of Hesiodic quotations across Plato's works, this chapter concludes that Plato came to admire and use Hesiod — especially the Works and Days — more as he got older. The Hesiodic corpus, included the Theogony and Works and Days but not the Catalogue of Women and the minor works, just as the only genuine Homeric texts, for Plato, appear to be the Iliad and Odyssey.

Keywords:   Plato, Hesiodic, Theogony, Works and Days, Catalogue of Women, developmentalism, literary taste, maxims, authorship

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