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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

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198795797.003.0008

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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