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Victor Caston

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198795797

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198795797.001.0001

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The Seventh Letter

The Seventh Letter

A Discussion of Myles Burnyeat and Michael Frede, The Pseudo-Platonic Seventh Letter1

(p.283) The Seventh Letter
Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, Volume 51

Nicholas Denyer

Oxford University Press

Burnyeat and Frede argue that the seventh of the letters ascribed to Plato is no more genuine than any other letter purporting to be from a philosopher before Epicurus; that its true author is far too remote from Plato for it to give any reliable evidence about Plato’s thoughts and activities; and that it is to be appreciated as a fine tragedy in prose. This review criticizes some of the details of their arguments, while endorsing and amplifying their conclusion.

Keywords:   Plato, epistles, VIIth Letter, pseudo-Plato, pseudepigraphy, Burnyeat, Frede, Speusippus

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