Plato and Hesiod

G. R. Boys-Stones and J. H. Haubold (eds.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009


It hardly needs repeating that Plato defined philosophy partly by contrast with the work of the poets. What is extraordinary is how little systematic exploration there has been of his relationship with specific poets other than Homer. This neglect extends even to Hesiod, though Hesiod is of central importance for the didactic tradition quite generally, and is a major source of imagery at crucial moments of Plato’s thought. This volume, which presents fifteen articles by specialists on the area, will be the first ever book-length study dedicated to the subject. It covers a wide variety of thematic angles, brings new and sometimes surprising light to a large range of Platonic dialogues, and represents a major contribution to the study of the reception of archaic poetry in Athens.

(Text from the publisher)

Table of contents

I. Plato and Hesiod
1:Shepherd, Farmer, Poet, Sophist: Hesiod on his own reception, J. H. Haubold
2:Hesiod and Plato’s History of Philosophy, G. R.Boys-Stones
3:Plato’s Hesiod: An Acquired Taste?, G. W. Most
4:Hesiod in Plato: Second Fiddle to Homer?, Naoko Yamagata
5:Plato’s Hesiod: Not Plato’s Alone, Hugo Koning
6:Hesiod in Classical Athens: Rhapsodes, Orators, and Platonic Discourse, Barbara Graziosi
7:Plato’s Two Hesiods, Andrew L. Ford
II. Individual Dialogues
8:The Seductions of Hesiod: Pandora’s Presence in Plato’s Symposium, Vered Lev Kenaan
9:Hesiod’s Races and Your Own’: Socrates’ ‘Hesiodic’ Project, Helen Van Noorden
10:Plato’s Hesiod and the Will of Zeus: Philosophical Rhapsody in the Timaeus and the Critias, Andrea Capra
11:Chaos Corrected: Hesiod in Plato’s Creation Myth, E. E. Pender
12:Hesiod’s Theogony and Plato’s Timaeus, David Sedley
13:Hesiod in the Timaeus: The Demiurge Addresses the Gods, Mario Regali
14:Hesiod, Plato, and the Golden Age: Hesiodic Motifs in the Myth of the Politicus, Dimitri El Murr
15:On Grey-Haired Babies: Plato, Hesiod, and Visions of the Past (and Future), Christopher Rowe