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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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On grey-haired babies: Plato, Hesiod, and visions of the past (and future)

On grey-haired babies: Plato, Hesiod, and visions of the past (and future)

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(p.298) 15 On grey-haired babies: Plato, Hesiod, and visions of the past (and future)
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Plato and Hesiod
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Christopher Rowe

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199236343.003.0016

This chapter defends (partly against El Murr in this volume) a reading of the Politicus myth as describing three phases to the cosmos, from the world under Kronos, via a transitional second phase, to the present regime of Zeus. It suggests a reason why Plato might have chosen not to remove the ambiguities that underlie the controversy this myth has aroused: the myth springs a trap for Athenian readers eager to fall back on their own misguided sense of superiority.

Keywords:   Plato, Politicus, Hesiod, cosmic cycle, myth, autochthony

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