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Politics and philosophy in Plato's Menexenus : education and rhetoric, myth and history

Author: Nickolas Pappas; Mark Zelcer
Publisher: Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Menexenus is one of the least studied among Plato's works, mostly because of the puzzling nature of the text, which has led many scholars either to reject the dialogue as spurious or to consider it as a mocking parody of Athenian funeral rhetoric. In this book, Pappas and Zelcer provide a persuasive alternative reading of the text, one that contributes in many ways to our understanding of Plato, and specifically to  Read more...
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Named Person: Plato.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nickolas Pappas; Mark Zelcer
ISBN: 9781844658206 1844658201
OCLC Number: 884631105
Description: vii, 236 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: An eccentric dialogue --
The question of parody --
If not parody --
pt. I The Menexenus, its persons, its problems --
1. Synopsis of the dialogue --
Opening dialogue (234a --
236d) --
Funeral speech (236d --
249c) --
Closing dialogue (249d --
e) --
2. Persons and dates of the dialogue --
Socrates --
Aspasia --
Other tutors: Connus, Antiphon and Lamprus --
Archinus and Dion --
Menexenus --
Pericles --
3. The Athenian funeral speech --
The genre: three cautions --
The Menexenus against the backdrop of its genre --
The funeral speech in Loraux --
4. The Menexenus as parody, as improvement --
The relationship between the two funeral speeches --
Positive arguments: the Menexenus speech as improvement --
Positive argument from precedent --
Negative arguments: against the Menexenus speech as parody --
pt. II Education and rhetoric --
5. Scenes of instruction; Pericles' missed opportunities --
Education and rhetoric --
Pericles and moral education --
Scenes of instruction in the Menexenus --
Instruction as intrusion --
6. Philosophical rhetoric --
Logos and ergon --
Praise --
Improvisation --
pt. III Myth and history --
7. Myth --
Stories of Athens --
Mythic passages in the Menexenus --
Plato's myths --
Autochthony in Athens --
Autochthony in Plato --
Autochthony and nature in the Menexenus --
Autochthony and human difference in the Menexenus --
The meanings of autochthony --
8. History --
Philosophical history --
Omissions and other distortions of history --
The Menexenus and the historians --
Order in history --
Soul, city, world --
A parody of history? --
Conclusion: Buried in philosophy --
The Menexenus's improvements to the funeral speech --
The Menexenus and other dialogues --
The Phaedrus.
Responsibility: Nickolas Pappas and Mark Zelcer.

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A significant contribution to the understanding of one of Plato's most enigmatic works.  Read more...

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"Their book offers an extended treatment of Plato's Menexenus, which shows Socrates declaiming a funeral oration to his young friend Menexenus." - Ryan K. Balot, University of Toronto

 
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