The seductions of Hesiod: Pandora's presence in Plato's Symposium

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This chapter argues that, in the Symposium, Plato not only recalls Hesiodic passages and motifs at important moments in the dialogue, but founds his portrayal of Socrates on Hesiod's Pandora. The claim is striking, even paradoxical if one thinks of Pandora as the bringer of evils. But defined, like Socrates, by the rift between interior and exterior, essence and appearance, Pandora is, like Socrates, a marvel to behold - and (also like him) a challenge to the intellect, the obvious prompt to philosophical inquiry.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPlato and Hesiod
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191717130
ISBN (Print)9780199236343
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2010

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  • Eros
  • Gender
  • Intertextuality
  • Pandora
  • Socrates
  • Symposium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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