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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 two Hesiods

Plato's two Hesiods

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Plato and Hesiod

Andrew L. Ford

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the extent to which Hesiodic poetry became associated with specific contexts of reading, from the courts to school-room teaching and philosophical debate. The Theogony and Works and Days acquired a very different Sitz im Leben by the time Plato encountered them. Indeed, their very status as texts ‘in their own right’ (i.e. outside specific contexts of consumption), and the idea of an overarching Hesiodic oeuvre, appear to have become rather less important to many readers than the traditions and institutions of reading that had accrued around specific passages.

Keywords:   Hesiod, Theogony, Works and Days, Plato, Hippias, rhapsodes, maxims

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