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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 races and your own’: Socrates' ‘Hesiodic’ project 1

‘Hesiod's races and your own’: Socrates' ‘Hesiodic’ project 1

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(p.176) 9 ‘Hesiod's races and your own’: Socrates' ‘Hesiodic’ project1
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Plato and Hesiod
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Helen Van Noorden

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199236343.003.0010

This chapter looks for a deeper affinity between Plato and Hesiod in this study of the myth of the races of man in the Republic. The central idea is that Plato does not just ‘rework’ the Hesiodic narrative of the five races, but reads its contribution to the Works and Days as an antecedent to, and a model for, his own, self-critical practice of philosophy. In this sense, it can ask us to think of Hesiod's races as ‘our own’ too (546e): they set the pattern for our continued philosophical reflection.

Keywords:   Plato, Hesiod, Republic, Works and Days, justice, Muses, Socrates

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