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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: not Plato's alone 1

Plato's Hesiod: not Plato's alone 1

(p.89) 5 Plato's Hesiod: not Plato's alone1
Plato and Hesiod

Hugo Koning

Oxford University Press

This chapter shows that Plato's view of Hesiod is shaped not only by a critical tradition that pairs him with Homer, but also by sophistic appropriations of a more specific kind. Prodicus in particular, with his concern for the ‘correctness of names’, recognized Hesiod as an intellectual ancestor. More generally, Hesiod could be appropriated to represent particular philosophical interests, including etymology and epistemological atomism. As such, he became a convenient target for Plato's attacks on those approaches.

Keywords:   Plato, Hesiod, Protagoras, Prodicus, etymology, genealogy, atomism

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