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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, Plato, and the Golden Age: Hesiodic motifs in the myth of the Politicus 1

Hesiod, Plato, and the Golden Age: Hesiodic motifs in the myth of the Politicus 1

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(p.276) 14 Hesiod, Plato, and the Golden Age: Hesiodic motifs in the myth of the Politicus1
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Plato and Hesiod
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Dimitri El Murr

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199236343.003.0015

The central myth of the Politicus, concerning the cyclical nature of the cosmos, has been the subject of much exegetical controversy. This chapter explores the passage within the wider context of Greek Golden Age imagery (from Hesiod to Attic Comedy), and defends the view that Plato's myth describes two (not three) stages of cosmic development. Plato's message is that in neither state of the cosmos can the art of statesmanship be perfectly exemplified.

Keywords:   Plato, Politicus, Hesiod, cosmic cycle, Myth, Golden Age, statesmanship

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