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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

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(p.246) 12 Hesiod's Theogony and Plato's Timaeus
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Plato and Hesiod
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David Sedley (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199236343.003.0013

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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