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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 Hesiod and the will of Zeus: Philosophical rhapsody in the Timaeus and the Critias 1

Plato's Hesiod and the will of Zeus: Philosophical rhapsody in the Timaeus and the Critias 1

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(p.200) 10 Plato's Hesiod and the will of Zeus: Philosophical rhapsody in the Timaeus and the Critias1
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Plato and Hesiod
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Andrea Capra

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199236343.003.0011

This chapter takes the Timaeus-Critias as the basis for an exploration of the way in which Plato constructs his own, philosophical ‘epic’ by developing and improving Hesiodic rhapsody. It argues that two principles in particular guide Plato's creative reception of Hesiod: the ‘moralizing’ rule (exemplified in the justice of the operation of the ‘will of Zeus’ in Plato), and the ‘broadening’ rule (exemplified in the more comprehensive nature of the creation account of the Timaeus).

Keywords:   Plato, Hesiod, Timaeus-Critias, myth, Atlantis

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