New PDF release: Critical Notes on Plato's Politeia (Mnemosyne, Bibliotheca

By S. R. Slings, Gerard Boter, Jan van Ophuijsen

ISBN-10: 1429452536

ISBN-13: 9781429452533

ISBN-10: 9004141723

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This quantity is meant to accompany the recent Oxford variation of Plato's Republic, released in 2003. it truly is in keeping with a sequence of ten articles in Mnemosyne, relationship from 1988 to 2003. It comprises discussions of textual difficulties of varied forms. a lot recognition is paid to Plato's use of debris, to the moods and tenses of the verb, and to pragmatics and elegance. in addition, the transmission of the textual content gets plentiful consciousness. The ebook is extremely prompt for clients of the hot version of the Republic, for these attracted to the transmission of the Platonic corpus and in Platonic Greek and for college kids of linguistics quite often.

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But I doubt that ς ο εται is the natural form such a remark would take; at 571d2 ς ο εται, ejected on similar grounds by Apelt (1903: 343) is clearly authentic. Besides, Socrates cannot seriously mean that these terrible words make all those who hear them shiver: compare the reserve expressed 388d2–3 (with regard to dirges and laments, which presuppose that death is a terrible thing) ε γ ρ φ λε Αδε μαντε τ τοια τα μ ν ο ν οι σπουδ ι κο οιεν κα μ καταγελ ιεν ς ναξ ως λεγομ νων, and of course Cephalus’ statement that myths about the underworld are laughed at by all except those who think they are close to death (330d4–e2; cf.

The passage is often treated from a historical point of view; see the literature collected in W. Fauth, RhM 113 (1970), 1–42. As I have little more to contribute than a trial balloon, I refrain from discussing all the ins and outs of the problem. I start from the following facts and observations. (1) The ring is almost always called ‘Gyges’ ring’, already in the selfquotation 612b3. For other places see Boter (1989: 297); add Luc. Bis Acc. 21 = II 103,30 Macleod; Philostr. Her. 8,3 = 8,26–9,3 de Lannoy; VA III 8 = I 89,32 Kayser; Anon.

Own invention. A closer examination of the passage from Cicero disproves Van Herwerden’s hypothesis. The relevant passage runs as follows: (si) bonus ille uir uexetur, rapiatur, manus ei denique auferantur (perhaps inspired by Grg. c. ), effodiantur oculi, damnetur, uinciatur, uratur, exterminetur, egeat … The coupling of uinciatur (from Plato) and uratur comes natural to a Roman, cf. Sen. Ep. 37,1 illius turpissimi auctoramenti uerba … ‘uri, uinciri, ferroque necari’ (cf. 71,23; 24,3). After two barbaric punishments 28 book two (manus auferantur, effodiantur oculi) Cic.

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