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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 in the Timaeus: The Demiurge addresses the gods

Hesiod in the Timaeus: The Demiurge addresses the gods

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(p.259) 13 Hesiod in the Timaeus: The Demiurge addresses the gods
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Plato and Hesiod
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Mario Regali

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199236343.003.0014

This chapter looks at Timaeus 41a, where the demiurge addresses the gods, and shows how Hesiodic reminiscences enable Plato to combine the need for a memorable account with a claim to superior sophistication. Hesiod's well-known etymology dia (‘through’) = Dia (Zeus) triggers an intellectual journey from Hesiodic poetry to a Platonic understanding of the world.

Keywords:   Plato, Timaeus, Hesiod, demiurge, etymology, justice

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